General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Church History in Late Modern and Contemporary Era
Language English
Module lecturer ks. prof. UAM dr hab. Paweł Zając
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position
Faculty Faculty of Theology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 16
USOS code 12-AP22


The information will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Module aim (aims)

  1. To give an overview of basic facts concerning Church history in late modern and contemporary era
  2. To analyze motivations and inspirations of people who had most impact on historical events
  3. To investigate broader social context of major turning points in the life of the Church
  4. To increase ability of critical evaluation of archival sources
  5. To understand continuity and change in the life and institutions of the Church

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

  1. Awareness of the specificity of historical discourse
  2. Basic knowledge of history of the ate modern and contemporary era (dates, names, places)
  3. Ability to engage in analysis and synthesis of historical material
  4. Respect for different points of view in the evaluation of historical facts


      1. Papacy and European politic from Pius VII to Pius IX

      1. Catholic renewal in Europe and North America in the 1st half of the 19th Century

      1. Catholic Church in the partitioned Poland, 1800-1918

      1. New ideologies and the development of Catholic social teaching

      1. Missionary expansion in the 19th Century

      1. Beginning of the ecumenical movement. Christian-Jewish relations before the 1st world war

      1. Church, theology and Christian culture between First Vatican Council and 1950s

      1. Challenge of fascist and communist totalitarianism

      1. Second Vatican Council and changes in global Christianity

      1. Catholic Church in Poland in 20th century

      1. History in practice: restauration in Europe after 1815

      1. History in practice: missionary periodicals and propagation of faith

      1. History in practice: discussions on papal infallibility

      1. History in practice: Pius XII during 2nd world war

      1. History in practice: Christian martyrs of the modern times

      1. History in practice: between Frist and Second Vatican Council

Reading list

Davies N. God’s Playground. A History of Poland, 2 vol., Oxford University Press 2005.

Gilley S., ed. The Cambridge History of Christianity. Volume 8: World Christianities c.1815-c.1914. Cambridge University Press 2005 (online 2008).

Jedin H., ed. History of the Church, vol. 8-10, New York 1980-1981

Kloczowski J., A History of Polish Christianity, Cambridge University Press 2000.

McLeod H., ed. The Cambridge History of Christianity. Volume 9: World Christianities c.1914-c.2000. Cambridge University Press 2006 (online 2008).