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Associate Professor
472 Hamilton Hall
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, “The Pastoral Disciplining of Illicit Sex: Godly Order, Enlightenment, and the Lutheran Clergy in Germany, 1550–1835,” examines how and why the pastorate’s powers to punish illicit sex changed significantly in the early modern period and how these changes shaped the clergy’s professional self-identity. Focusing on Saxony, Württemberg, and Brandenburg-Prussia, the study thus explores fundamental long-term transformations in the relations between church, state, and society.

Some Notable Publications

  • "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 Brühhöfener. 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 (
  • "Pietism, Ministry, and Church Discipline: The Tribulations of Christoph Matthäus Seidel." In Politics and Reformations: Histories and Reformations. Essays in Honor of Thomas A. Brady, Jr., pp. 397-424. Edited by Christopher Ocker, Michael Printy, Peter Starenko, Peter Wallace. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2007.
  • Urban Decline in Early Modern Germany: Schwäbisch Hall and Its Region, 1650–1750 (UNC Press, 1997)

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 256—Origins of Modern Germany, 1356–1815
  • HIST 467—Society and Family in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 478—War and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 763—Early Modern Germany