As the climate of the Northern Hemisphere cooled in the late sixteenth century, Europe went a period of turmoil which included religious wars, famine, epidemic disease, and widespread witch trials. These trends continued into the “General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century.” This seminar is an in-depth investigation of this critical period, focusing on two dimensions of the early modern crisis – epidemic disease and witch hunting. These two topics, within a setting of relative environmental crisis, will provide the departure point for focused student research projects engaging the cultural history of the early modern period. As it is a small seminar, students will have some latitude to select research topics (under the direction of the instructor) which complement the general themes of the course.
- Faculty: CHARLES GUNNOE