The Reformation in Modern Memory

History 285B.002

Spring 2006
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
F 2-5

This seminar examines some of the leading interpretations of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations as literary, historical, cultural, and theological documents. It will begin with Johann Sleidan, the first historian of the German Reformation, but the chief weight of readings and discussions will range from the late 18^th and to the mid-20^th century. Major subjects may include Idealism (Fichte, Hegel, Thomas Carlyle), Protestant history (Leopold von Ranke, Francis Parkman, Heinrich von Treitschke), Jewish history (Heinrich Graetz), Catholic theology (Johann Adam M?r), Catholic historians (Johann Ignaz von D?nger), Liberal Protestant theology (Albrecht Ritschl, Karl Holl), Liberal sociology (Max Weber, Ernst Troeltsch), Marxist history (Friedrich Engels, R. H. Tawney), Critical theology (Barth, Niebuhr), and Ecumenical history (Joseph Lortz). The principal theme of this seminar is not the history of scholarship on the Reformation, though there will be a good deal of that, but the arguments and debates about its relevance to modern culture. A number of professors from the GTU and UCB have agreed to participate, and some sessions will feature visiting scholars. Readings will be available in English, though students are encouraged to read them in the original languages. Many readings will be distributed in the form of copies.
One research paper is required, and the seminar will end with reports on student research. This is the final seminar in the Berkeley Reformation Seminar, which is supported by the GTU and by the History Department of UCB. Thomas A. Brady, Jr., & Christopher Ocker.


This course is listed at the GTU as HS 5018.