Turlock, California

HIST 3210, Renaissance and Reformation Europe
Prof. VanderMolen
Fall 2000

Class Meets: MWF, 12:20-1:18 Room: P146 (CODEC); Stockton
Email: or Office Phone: (209) 667-3153

Renaissance and Reformation Europe is an upper division course which examines the major cultural and social changes in Europe from about 1400 to about 1600. This is a crucial era in which Europe experienced major crises and critical intellectual changes. We shall use the two volumes by De Lamar Jensen, Renaissance Europe and Reformation Europe. In addition to the textbooks, please read a monograph on some aspect of each era and write a book analysis on that work. Two class periods will be dedicated to your papers. Please let me know what you want to read, take careful notes on what your read, analyse what you read in a paper (first draft and final paper), and submit all your material on the required day.

The calendar below indicates when we will discuss the relevant topics and when tests will be given. Your course grade will be an average derived from tests (1/3), papers (1/3), and final exam (1/3); and fractional grading will be used. Please read the assigned sections before you come to class and formulate questions, which will be the basis for class discussion.

Assignments below are from the Jensen texts.

9/8 (F) Course Requirements; Historiography (pp. 1-6; 476-80)

9/11 (M) From medieval Christendom to Renaissance Europe (Ren. Europe, chaps. 1, 2)

9/13 (W) The Italian example - politics

9/15 (F) The Italian example - society (chap. 3)

9/18 (M) Italian Humanism (chaps. 4, 6)

9/20 (W) More Humanism (pp. 316-25)

9/22 (F) Italian Art (chap. 5)

9/25 (M) Renaissance Religion (chap. 7)

9/27 (W) Renaissance Politics (chap 8)

9/29 (F) Renaissance Politics

10/2 (M) Renaissance Imperialism (chaps. 9, 10)

10/4 (W) First Paper Due

10/6 (F) Test (material through October 4)

10/9 (M) NO CLASS (Columbus Day)

10./11 (W) The Northern Renaissance (chaps. 11, 12)

10/13 (F) The Northern Renaissance

10/16 (M) From Renaissance to Reformation (Ref. Europe, pp. 1-51)

10/18 (W) Contexts for Reform

10/20 (F) Martin Luther (chap. 2)

10/23 (M) "Radical" Reformation (chap. 3)

10/25 (W) Antinomians

10/27 (F) John Calvin (chap. 4)

10/30 (M) Calvinism

11/1 (W) Henrician reform in England (chap. 5)

11/3 (F) English "Radicalism"; Marian Catholicism

11/6 (M) Reformers in exil: England and the Continent

11/8 (W) Internaitonal Calvinism

11/10 (F) NO CLASS (Veterans Day)

11/13 (M) Test (material since the last test)

11/15 (W) Roman Catholic Reform (chap. 6)

11/17 (F) Counter Reformation

11/20 (M) French wars of religion (chap. 7)

11/22 (W) Henry IV, king of France

11/23-24 (Th,F) NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Holiday)

11/27 (M) Spanish Imperialism (chap. 8)

11/29 (W) The Dutch Revolt

12/1 (F) Elizabethan England (chap. 9)

12/4 (M) Elizabethan Protestants

12/6 (W) The Reformation and European Culture (chaps. 10, 11; pp.423-7; 458-65; 476-78)

12/8 (F) Second paper due

12/11 (M) The Reformation and European Culture

12/12 (T) NO CLASS - Reading Day

Final Exam, Friday, December 15, 11:15-1:15: Write for two hours on this proposition: The Reformation could not have existed without the Renaissance, but it also ended the Renaissance. (You may use any materials at your disposal, but the essay must be written during the exam period.)