5:45 – 7:45 pm
Characterized as “neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire” by Voltaire, the Holy Roman Empire had a long, complicated history of a thousand years. To better understand the origins of modern Germany, this seminar will treat such topics as the Carolingian empire and its disintegration; the investiture crisis and its consequences; the rise of the Habsburg dynasty; Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation; the Thirty Years War; cultural life during the age of Goethe and Beethoven; and the end of the empire.
Frank A. Biletz holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British, Irish, and German history. He has taught Newberry seminars since 1994.
Barraclough, Geoffery. The Origins of Modern Germany. New York: W. W. Norton, 1984. ISBN: 978-0393301533.
Hughes, Michael. Early Modern Germany, 1477-1806. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992. ISBN: 978-0812214277.
CPDU credit is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Ten sessions, $220.