History | RELIGION, VIOLENCE & THE STATE
B300 | 2942 | Sheehan


9:30-10:45A     TR     BH204

A portion of the above section reserved for majors

From Biblical massacres to David Koresh, religion and violence marched
hand in hand. Religious wars, apocalyptic and messianic sects,
official inquisitions, religiously justified slavery, moral discipline
and legal violence: these varied forms of violence are inseparable
from religious history. We need look no further than the Middle East,
Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia, or Afghanistan to see that the link
between religion and violence is still alive and well. This course
will concentrate on one particular period--Early Modern Europe (ca.
1400-1700)--and will investigate the connection between violence,
religion, and the emergence of our modern nation state. Beginning with
the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and the conquest of the New
World, we will trace Europe's religious history as it manifested
itself in its most extreme forms. Internal conflicts between Catholics
and Protestants, attempts to suppress and repress religious heresy,
efforts to impose Christianity on New World peoples: these bloody
battles--we will discover--were key to the development of the
economic, military, and political institutions of modern governments.
By understanding them, we will seek to understand the complexities of
our modern world.