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Europe 1500-1800

This lecture-only module explores the political and cultural history of Europe during the early modern period. It analyses the efforts of reformers to revive their churches and societies during the sixteenth century. It then examines the legacy of these reform movements, and considers how cultural divisions as well as competition for power led to prolonged periods of conflict within states and between states during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This module then charts the emergence during the eighteenth century of new ways of thinking about private life and popular culture and of new ideas about science, society and the self of the Enlightenment. Finally, it explores how these ideas contributed to political crisis following the French Revolution.

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 13th January 2016. You may register and pay by credit/Visa debit card online at after 16th August 2016 or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2.

Applications may be made in person in room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College BETWEEN 16TH AND 27TH AUGUST 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm or by appointment


EUR 150 / Concession EUR 75. The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Time and place

This is a daytime course. Please check our website after 16th August 2015 for update or text INFO followed by your name and address to 087 257 2016.


This lecture-only module comprises two lectures per week over one twelve-week term commencing in the week beginning Monday 16 January 2017. There is a one week break, (27 February – 3 March 2017) when no lectures will take place.