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Secularization in Europe and the United States, c. 1780-2000
David N. Hempton
It is commonly asserted that the United States is more religious and less secular than Europe. The purpose of this seminar is to test that claim by looking at the respective religious characteristics of these two large and diverse areas from the age of revolution in the late eighteenth century to the present. Among the topics to be considered in comparative religious perspective are industrialization and modernization, the rise of cities, the fate of established churches, the relationship between religion and popular culture, patterns of immigration, and trajectories of secularization. In the light of these comparisons, the course will address the complex issues at stake in the debates between those who make claims either for American or European exceptionalism.
Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as History 84i
Expected to be offered Spring 2014
Course location to be announced.
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