Elective unit (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester: Wednesday evening
This unit develops the students’ historical methodology and research skills, building on fundamental learnings from the first survey (CH8001Y). Applying these skills, it surveys the history of the Church from the Renaissance to the present. Particular emphasis is given to the current historiography of the Long Reformation (14th to 18th Centuries) and its aftermaths, to the Enlightenment, colonialism, the Age of Revolutions, and the Religious developments of the 19th Century in church authority structures and ‘Social Christianity’, as a preface to interpreting twentieth century conflicts, reforms and renewal.
PREREQUISITES: CH8001Y or equivalent
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- employ fruitfully the dynamic meaning of church history
- analyse critically both primary and secondary historical sources
- argue a critical evaluation of selected historical evidence from the period
- integrate historiographical debates into historical analysis
- research, arrange and analyse evidence within a sustained historical argument on a selected event in early modern or modern church history
- identify and demonstrate the inter-relationship between history and theology
- formulate reasoned historical interpretations of key moments in church’s history
1500 word minor essay (25%); 1500 word document study (25%); 3000 word major essay (50%)
Bettenson, Henry, and Chris Maunder, eds. Documents of the Christian Church. 3rd ed. London: OUP, 1999. (various editions)
Bireley, Robert. The Refashioning of Catholicism, 1450–1700. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1999.
Burleigh, Michael. Earthly Powers: Religion and Politics from the Enlightenment to the Great War. London: HarperCollins, 2006.
———. Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics from the Great War to the War on Terror. London: HarperCollins, 2006.
Cameron, Euan. The European Reformation. 2nd ed. Oxford: OUP, 2012.
Duffy, Eamonn. The Stripping of the Altars. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992.
Howell, Martha, and Walter Prevenier. From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001.
Jenkins, Keith. Re-Thinking History. London: Routledge, 2002.
Lindberg, Carter. The European Reformations. 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Wallace, Peter G. The Long European Reformation. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004.
Lecturer: MATTHEW BECKMANN OFM