Religion, Modern Europe, and the Classroom

Thomas Albert Howard

In this essay, Thomas Albert Howard argues that historians of modern Europe have inadequately dealt with the category of religion. Religious history is especially lacking in textbooks of and survey courses on post-1789 European history, which is often presented as the simplistic story of "secularization" a problematic category in itself and one increasingly questioned by sociologists. Drawing on recent scholarship and the author's own teaching experience, the essay makes the case that religious change and continuity should be fundamental to students' understanding of post-revolutionary Europe. Mr. Howard is assistant professor of history at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.

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