A historical perspective on the various religious
movements, collectively known as the Protestant
Reformation, that marked Europe's transition from
the medieval to the early modern period (circa
1400-1600). Review of medieval religious patterns.
The status of Catholic institutions and ideas in
crises of the late medieval period, the theologies
of Luther and Calvin, radical movements, the
political background of the Reformation, Catholic
responses to Protestantism, and export of Early
Modern Christianity beyond Europe. Readings and
discussions concentrate on recent social
historiography of the Reformation. Popular appeal
of Protestant religiosity, social implications of
Calvinism, roles of women in the Reformation,
family patterns and the reformation, class
structure, and competing religious cultures in
urban and rural society.