Category Archives: Catholicism and Religious Violence

Flooding as a Military Strategy

Flooding is part of life in the Netherlands. But, at least since the sixteenth century, humans have deliberately instigated floods as a military strategy. During the Dutch Revolt (1566-1648), dykes were periodically opened in order to flood portions of the … Continue reading

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Brexit Vote and the Reformation

As Britain prepares for the Brexit vote, a major referendum on U.K. membership in the European Union, historical comparisons have framed the debate. References to the Second World War loom large in the Brexit debate. Prime Minister David Cameron and … Continue reading

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Post-Doctoral Position in Religious History

The Newberry Library is offering a post-doctoral fellowship in religious history in conjunction with its initiative on Religious Change in Europe, 1450-1700. Northern Illinois University graduate students who have taken HIST 640 Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from 1500 to … Continue reading

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Seventeenth-Century “Vampires” in the News

Fear of vampires was common in many parts of seventeenth-century Europe, although vampire beliefs varied widely and did not necessarily correspond to modern notions of vampires, which are strongly influenced by nineteenth-century novels and twentieth-century films. A team of researchers … Continue reading

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Bans on Atheists in Public Office

More than 50 years after the United States Supreme Court ruled that states could not use a “religious test” for officials, bans on atheists serving in public office remain in many states. According to the New York Times, “Maryland and … Continue reading

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Transitions in the Catholic Church in Chicago

The Catholic Church is witnessing sweeping changes worldwide, and some of these tranformations are becoming apparent in Chicago. The New York Times reports: “In Pope Francis’ most significant move yet to reshape the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in … Continue reading

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Destruction of Village Churches in France

A new crisis in laïcité, a version of secularization, has arisen in provincial France. A number of village churches have been demolished, leading to complaints that French rural culture is beyond destroyed. French historians and other scholars are weighing in … Continue reading

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