The Early Protestant Reformation

Learn about the great historical and cultural changes that ushered in the modern world.
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Identify major events and individual figures in the history of the Reformation
Place the events and figures of the Reformation period in their larger historical context


  • Some understanding of medieval and early modern European history would be helpful.


This course covers the history of the Reformation in its sixteenth-century context.  It is based on an introductory college course.  At the end of the course you will be familiar with the main events of the period and their larger historical significance.  You can use the course to learn about the period for the first time, to brush up, or as a supplement to a college course you might be taking now.  Feel free to pick up the lectures and quizzes on topic that interest you, or that you need to study.

Who this course is for:

  • People who are intested in the Reformation
  • Students of European history who want more information about the period

Course content

5 sections19 lectures1h 53m total length
  • What is the Protestant Reformation and why is it important?
  • The Phases of the Protestant Reformation


David Halsted
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David Halsted is a teacher and technologist with 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors. HIs research interest is in the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, but he has also been a software entrepreneur and architect. Halsted has taught at leading universities, including Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he has worked with private sector companies ranging from small startups to some of the largest corporations on the planet.