The Early Protestant Reformation

Learn about the great historical and cultural changes that ushered in the modern world.
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Instructed by David Halsted Academics / Humanities
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

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

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Section 1: Course Introduction
What is the Protestant Reformation and why is it important?
The Phases of the Protestant Reformation
Section 2: Precursors
Precursors to the Protestant Reformation
John Wycliffe -- Introduction
6 questions
Wycliffe's Life and Thought
5 questions
Jan Hus
5 questions
The Brethren of the Common Life
3 questions
The Council of Constance
6 questions
Section 3: The Age of Luther
4 questions
Luther -- Faith and Works
4 questions
The 95 Theses
6 questions
Luther to 1520
9 questions
Luther to 1522
9 questions
Section 4: The Reformation Beyond Luther
Zwingli's Reformation
Erasmus, Zwingli and Luther
5 questions
The Radical Reformation
The Radicals
6 questions
The Consolidation of Lutheranism
The English Reformation
6 questions
Section 5: Conclusions
Overview. Where have we been?

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Instructor Biography

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.

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