HIST201 - MAJOR SEM: EURO PRE-1800: INQUISITION

Description: 
Why has "The Inquisition" never left us? The Spanish version was abolished in the early nineteenth century and the Roman Holy Office was transformed in the early twentieth, yet the sinister concept endures in our public discourse. It is memorialized in the canonical literature of Dostoevsky, lampooned in the sketch comedy of Monty Python, and continually reappropriated in the debates of American politicians. Members of this seminar will strive to understand why, exploring the histories of these most notorious church courts from the medieval era to the modern age and comparing them to the criminal justice systems present alongside them. From what context did the first inquisition emerge and how did it differ from the religious persecutions of antiquity? What were its distinctive features? Has the era of the Inquisition passed or are there modern analogs that warrant comparison? To what extent do the various inquisitorial establishments across time and space justify speaking of "The Inquisition"? Through the trials of Joan of Arc, Galileo, Joseph McCarthy and others, our investigation will recover the voices of many witnesses among contemporary defenders and dissenters, the prosecutors and the persecuted, in order to understand this seemingly irrepressible phenomena of human history.
Instructors: 
CHEELY, DANIEL
Day and Time: 
CANCELED
Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    This is an LPS course. Registration may be limited to LPS students.