History of the Papacy, 1500-Present
1. A short paper on primary sources (5-7pp).
2. An "obituary" of any pope as if written at the time of his death -- i.e. without the benefit of hindsight (5-7pp).
3. A review essay surveying at least two books or the equivalent on a particular topic relevant to the course (7-10pp).
All assignments must be completed satisfactorily to receive a passing grade
|Eamon Duffy, Saints and Sinners: A History of
the Popes, 2nd. Ed (Yale, 2001)
Peter Godman, Hitler and the Vatican: Inside the Secret Archives that Reveal the New Story of the Nazis and the Church (Simon and Schuster, 2004)
David Kertzer, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara: The Extraordinary Story of How a Jewish Child, Made a Prisoner of the Vatican in 1858, Ended the Rule of the Popes in Italy (Random House, 1998)
Walter Ullmann, A Short History of the Papacy in the Middle Ages (Routledge, 2002)
A.D. Wright, The Early Modern Papacy: From the Council of Trent to the French Revolution, 1564-1789 (Longman, 2000)
A Course Reader of primary and secondary sources (readings marked with * in syllabus).
NB: Duffy's Saints and Sinners is meant to provide a synoptic overview and will overlap with some of the other secondary readings.
Suggested: J.N.D. Kelly, The Oxford Dictionary of the Popes (Oxford, 1986)
|PLEASE NOTE THE FIRST MEETING WILL BE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND|
|February 2||Introduction, papacy to 1000
Ullmann, ch. 1-6
|February 9||Gregory VII to Avignon
Ullmann, ch. 7-13
|February 16||Conciliarism, Humanism, Renaissance Papacy
|February 23||Reformation and Early Counterreformation
|March 2||Counter-Reformation and Early Modern Papacy, Trent
Wright, Early Modern Papacy
|March 9||Rise of the State, Enlightment, Decline of papal prestige
|March 30||French Revolution, Napoleon, Age of Concordats,
Duffy, Chapter 5
|April 6||Pius IX, Nationalism, Vatican I
Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
|April 13||Leo XIII, Social Question, Modernism
|April 20||WWI, Fascism and WWII, Pius XII
Hitler and the Vatican
|April 27||John XXIII, Vatican II, Paul VI
Duffy, Chapter 6
|May 4||John Paul II, Cold War, Marxism and Christianity,
Globalization, "Culture" wars