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Associate Professor
472 Hamilton Hall
Office Hours: MWF 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
Curriculum Vitae


MA Yale University, 1983 (Economics)
MPhil Yale University, 1984
PhD Yale University, 1989

Research Interests

Terence McIntosh is a specialist of early modern Germany, especially its social, political, religious, and economic history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His current book project, “Lutheran Church Discipline in Early Modern Germany, 1520-1806: New Perspectives,” examines the dynamics by which a shifting array of social, theological, and intellectual forces induced prominent churchmen, rulers, and secular thinkers to examine critically and recast significantly the purpose, scope, and nature of Lutheran church discipline at key moments in the early modern period.

Some Notable Publications

  • “Church Law, Church Discipline, and the Early German Enlightenment.” In Healing and Harm: Essays in Honor of Mary Lindemann, edited by Erica Heinsen-Roach, Stephen Lazer, Benjamin Marschke, Jared Poley, and Daniel Riches, 103-12. New York:Berghahn, 2024.
  • “The Words of Forgiveness: Luther, The Keys, and the Nuremberg Absolution Controversy.” Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte / Archive for Reformation History 113 (2022):36-39. (
  • “Luther, Melanchthon, and the Specter of Zwingli during the Diet of Augsburg in 1530”
    Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte/Archive for Reformation History 111 (2020): 78-108 (
  • “Das ‘Werck der Christlichen Disciplin’ Herzog Ernsts des Frommen. Inspiration für die
    Glauchaer Kirchenzucht August Hermann Franckes?” Translated by Annegret Oehme. In Pietismus in Thüringen--Pietismus aus Thüringen. Religiöse Reform im Mitteldeutschland des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, pp. 51-69. Ed. Veronika Albrecht-Birkner and Alexander Schunka. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2018.
  • “August Hermann Franckes Behandlung des Themas Kirchenzucht in seinem Collegium
    Pastorale.” Translated by Friederike Brühöfener. In Hallesches Waisenhaus und Berliner
    Hof. Beiträge zum Verhältnis von Pietismus und Preußen
    , pp. 125-36. Ed. Holger
    Zaunstöck, Brigitte Klosterberg, Christian Soboth, and Benjamin Marschke. Halle: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen, 2017.
  • “Pietists, Jurists, and the Early Enlightenment Critique of Private Confession in Lutheran Germany.” Modern Intellectual History 12, no. 3 (2015): 627-56,doi:10.1017/S1479244314000900 Published online 19 March 2015 (
  • Urban Decline in Early Modern Germany: Schwäbisch Hall and Its Region, 1650-1750.Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997 (317 pages).
  • Graduate Students

  • This faculty member is accepting applicants for the 2024-2025 application cycle
  • Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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    • HIST 251--The Thirty Years’ War (1618-48): Europe in an Age of Crisis
    • HIST 254--War and Society in Early Modern Europe
    • HIST 255--Manor to Machine: The Economic Shaping of Europe
    • HIST 306--Princes and Reformations in Germany, 1400-1600
    • HIST 307--War and Enlightenment in Germany, 1600-1815