Robert Bireley, S.J.
Specialty Area: European History
Office #: Crown Center 531
Robert Bireley, S.J. (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1972; B.A., Loyola University Chicago, 1956) is a Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, now on phased retirement, where he has taught courses in early modern European history.
Bireley is a former president of the American Catholic Historical Association (2008) and has served on the editorial boards of the Catholic Historical Review (1979-85) and the Renaissance Quarterly (2000-3), and the Executive Committee for the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies (1979-86). Bireley has been a prolific author in the field of European religious history with a special interest in the Reformation, Roman Catholicism and Jesuit history. Bireley’s books include: Politics and Religion in the Age of the Counterreformation: Emperor Ferdinand 11, William Lamormaini, SJ, and the Formation of Imperial Policy (University of North Carolina Press, 1981), The Refashioning of Catholicism, 1450 – 1700: A Reassessment of the Counterreformation (Macmillan, 1999), and The Jesuits and the Thirty Years War: Kinds, Courts, and Confessors (Cambridge, 2003). In 2011, the University of North Carolina University Press named Politics and Religion in the Age of the Counterreformation and The Counter-Reformation Prince as Enduring Editions. Many of Bireley’s works have been translated into Italian and German. His articles have appeared in many anthologies, including most recently Los jesuitas: Religion, politica, y educacion (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 2009); The Reformation as Christianization: Essays on Scott Hendrix’s Christianization Thesis (Tubingen, 2012);and Reformation and Early Modern Europe: A Guide to Research (Truman State University Press, 2008). He is currently completing a biography of Emperor Ferdinand II (1578-1637).
Bireley is the recipient of some of the most prestigious fellowships, including ones from John Simon Guggenheim, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, and several from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Early Modern Catholicism; the Thirty Years War; Early Modern Political Thought; History of the Jesuits
HIST 101: Evolution Western Ideas and Institutions to 17th Century
HIST 300: Machiavelli: His Enemies and His Friends
HIST 315: The Reformation
The Jesuits and the Thirty Years War: Kinds, Courts, and Confessors (Cambridge, 2003)
The Refashioning of Catholicism, 1450 – 1700: A Reassessment of the Counterreformation (Macmillan and Catholic University of America Press, 1999)
The Counter-Reformation Prince. Antimachivellianism or Catholic Statecraft in Early Modern Europe (University of North Carolina Press, 1990 and 2011)
Politics and Religion in the Age of the Counterreformation: Emperor Ferdinand 11, William Lamormaini, SJ, and the Formation of Imperial Policy (University of North Carolina Press, 1981 and 2011)
“The ‘Reformation’ as a Response to the Changing World of the Sixteenth Century: Reflections on Scott Hendrix’s Recultivating the Vineyard,” in Anna Marie Johnson and John A. Maxfield (eds.) The Reformation as Christianization: Essays on Scott Hendrix’s Christianization Thesis (Tubingen, 2012)
"Katholische Konfessionalisierung oder Fruhmoderner Katholizismus?" in Das Konfessionalisierungsparadigma--Leistungen, Probleme, Grenzen, ed. Thomas Brockmann and Dieter J. Weis (Munster, 2013), 67-86.