The European Research Council has awarded Dr Ian Campbell a Starting Grant of €1.3 million to lead a research team investigating the relationship between war and the supernatural in early modern Europe. It was the Enlightenment of the Eighteenth Century that invented our modern secular category, one drained of the divine. How did Europeans understand the relationship between religion and warfare before the invention of that secular category, when human reason itself was understood to be a gift from God? Over four and a half years, Dr Campbell, two Postdoctoral Fellows and two Postgraduate Researchers, will explore these problems by investigating sixteenth and seventeenth-century Protestant and Catholic university curricula, and tracking the ways in which these curricula informed political argument on the streets of early modern cities like Edinburgh and Paris.
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