The Catholic World 1540-1770 (3) This course examines the relationship between world history and Catholicism.
HIST 534 The Catholic World 1540-1770 (3)
One of the prominent themes ignored in the traditional historiography of early modern Catholicism, is the history of non-European Catholicism that is the focus of this course. There is little doubt that the history of Catholic missions constitutes a venerable subject in ecclesiastical history, but this course seeks to shift the focus on the encounter between Christianity and non-European civilizations beyond the perspective of European missionaries. This seminar focuses on the relationship between world history and Catholicism. It will examine the following themes: the responses of Rome to the Protestant challenge, the linkages between early modern state formation and Counter-Reformation, cultural production and confessional conflict, and finally, the relationship between the Iberian maritime empires and Catholic missions beyond Europe. Students will acquire a firm foundation in the history of early modern Europe and a perspective into early modern global history by focusing on one of the major themes (religion) in the history of global history.
This course takes as its starting point the contention that any history of Christianization in Europe is enriched by investigations into the encounter between European and non-European civilizations during the expansion of Catholic Europe. This course will be a foundational course for graduate students in the field of early modern global history, colonial Latin American history, history of China, and history of the Atlantic world. It will also provide historical background for students in the history of art and the departments of English, German, and Italian.
General Education: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2012
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.