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The Empire Strikes Back: Catholic Responses to the Protestant Reformation

Lecture by Howard Louthan

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Scholars have often portrayed the Catholic church of the Reformation era as a weak and corrupt institution primed to collapse with the coming of Martin Luther. It did not shatter or disintegrate. Indeed, in many places it regained territory lost initially to the Protestants.  This lecture will investigate the origins and development of a Catholic Reformation that proved robust and effectively checked its Protestant rivals. 

Howard Louthan is director of the Center for Austrian Studies and professor of history at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Central Europe with special attention to religion. His books include The Quest for Compromise, an examination of toleration in late-sixteenth century Vienna and Converting Bohemia, an exploration of the recatholization of the Czech lands in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Memorial Union (campus map)
Journey Room: 104
Natalia Bueno
natalia.bueno at oregonstate.edu
History Department
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