What is the course about?
The course will examine the first half of the century including the Thirty Years War. It will explore religious conflicts and the disappearance of religious bonds that bound members of society together. It will show how these factors affected the political structures of the period. It will also show how new religious ideas assisted in the development of new ideas in economics, science, and technology.
How did ideas about economics, power and religion combined with new technologies and scientific advances assist in development of capitalism and how did this affect politics and war? Why did economic development and change become focused in the Netherlands?
We will draw on the evidence of art, culture, and ideas of the period to provide evidence about religious, political economic and social developments during the period.
The course is designed to help you to think about how ‘history’ works as a discipline.
What will we cover?
The Reformation and its impact
The Thirty Years War:' Politics, State Building and Religion in Europe 1600-1650
Economic change and the way in which economics was affected by new religious ideas in Europe including the rise of the Dutch Republic as the new economic centre of Europe and the Foundation of the East India Companies.
The way in which trade, science and religion interacted in order to change the ‘worldview’ of European people in the period.The way in which culture was affected by developments in religion, economics, politics, and science.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Identify four key events 1600-1650
2. Describe the Reformation and some of its impacts
3. Identify two major economic changes in the period 1600-1650
4. Recognise the concept of the European ‘balance of power’
5. Discuss some movements in ideas and culture from the period 1600-1650, e.g. peasant wars, political theology, Vermeer, etc.
6. Approach an analysis of Primary Source documents and images.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through a mixture of lectures and class discussion, using a range of writings; visual evidence including maps, photographs, paintings; statistics and graphs. Evidence will include primary (contemporary) sources as well as secondary sources (subsequent reflections).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs.
However, a pen and paper will be useful for any note-taking you may want to make during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in British and European history. Please see the City Lit website.