Spring 2018 - HIST 320 D100

European Reformation (4)

Class Number: 3303

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5039, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Hilmar Pabel
    1 778 782-5816
    Office: AQ #6230
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history. Strongly recommended: HIST 220 or 223.



An advanced examination of the complex history and patterns of the Religious Reformation in sixteenth century Europe. Emphasis will be placed on the religious thought of the period, and on its social and political context.


We shall devote most of the course to a thorough examination of the history of the European Reformation, which has attracted renewed, world-wide interest thanks to the many commemorations in 2017 of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Our aim will be to understand the dynamics of religious change in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the effect that religious change had on European culture and society.  We shall begin with a close analysis of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s magisterial synthesis of Reformation history.  In the last weeks of the course, we shall consider the various ways in which historians have responded to a central question in Reformation scholarship over the past thirty years:  Was the Reformation a success or a failure?

Hist. 320 will prepare students for Hist. 439 (Catholicism in Early Modern Europe), to be offered in the spring semester of 2019.  You may take Hist. 320 together with Hist. 223 (Early Modern Europe) in the spring semester of 2018


The lectures, tutorials, and work requirements of Hist. 320 will help you achieve the following goals:

  • to identify and explain the principal historical developments of the European Reformation
  • to formulate and justify the significance of essential questions about these historical developments
  • to assess arguments about the success and failure of the European Reformation through an analysis of relevant secondary sources


  • Participation 15%
  • Four Quizzes (17 Jan., 31 Jan., 21 Feb., 2 March) 4 x 5% 20%
  • First Essay (500-700 words, due between Weeks 2 and 7) 10%
  • Second Essay (1500 words, due 5 March) 20%
  • Test (4 April, in class) 10%
  • Third Essay (2000 words, due 6 April) 25%
  • (dates are tentative)



Diarmaid MacCulloch, Reformation: Europe’s House Divided, 1490-1700 (2004). Andrew Pettegree, Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion (2005).

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