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Martin Luther and the Reformation: Selected Resources for Research
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This page is intended to assist researchers interested in Luther and the Reformation, with particular attention to recent resources, in light of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Emphasis is on online resources, but important print sources will be noted; see also the list at Selected Books About Martin Luther and the Reformation.

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  • TOPIC OVERVIEW Reformation
    Search for the word Reformation in: New Dictionary of the History of Ideas Vol. 5. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005.
  • Martin Luther’s Life, 1483–1516
    Leppin, Volker. "Martin Luther’s Life, 1483–1516." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. 2016-07-07. Oxford University Press. Date of access 3 Nov. 2016.
Reference Sources
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation (online) Authentication Required
    The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation is a definitive source for information about the entire range of religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature. This broadly cast, interdisciplinary definition allows for a comprehensive social and intellectual history of early modern Europe.
Maps and Atlases
Primary Sources
  • The European reformations sourcebook
    Carter Lindberg 1937-
    Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers 2000
    Wilson Library General Collection (BR301 .E87 2000 )
    "The sources, selected from medieval and sixteenth-century texts, include not only the major institutional and theological writings of the time but also popular expressions of religious and political grievances (Flugschriften, poems, satires, sermons) and women's contributions. The collection is particularly notable for its comprehensive coverage and its inclusion of major portions of significant works."
  • D. Martin Luthers Werke ; kritische Gesammtausgabe
    Check holdings at Wilson Library Annex Sub-Basement Quarto 832L97 I
    Check HathiTrust tab for available full text online.
    Contents: [1. Abt. Schriften]--[2. Abt.] Tischreden.--[3. Abt.] Die deutsche Bibel.--[4. Abt.] Briefwechsel.--[5. Abt.] Revisionsnachtrag.
  • Websites
      • Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses: With Introduction, Commentary, and Study Guide
        online access, on order for University of Minnesota (limited to UMN users)
    • German History in Documents and Images (GHDI)
      German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present. It comprises original German texts, all of which are accompanied by new English translations, and a wide range of visual imagery. The materials are presented in ten sections, which have been compiled by leading scholars. All of the materials can be used free of charge for teaching, research, and related purposes; the site is strictly intended for individual, non-commercial use. GHDI is an initiative of the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC. Made possible by the generous support of the Max Kade Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the project has been undertaken in cooperation with the Friends of the German Historical Institute, the Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, and IEG-MAPS, Institute for European History, Mainz.
Books Martin Luther and Anti-Semitism - a bibliography
Books in the University of Minnesota Libraries and other resources.

Martin Luther - Attitudes about Islam

Luther, Türken und Islam : eine Untersuchung zum Türken- und Islambild Martin Luthers (1515-1546)
Quellen und Forschungen zur Reformationsgeschichte ; Bd. 80.
Johannes Ehmann
1. Aufl.. habil. Heidelberg 2005. 2008
Wilson Library General Collection (BR333.5.I85 E46 2008 )

Martin Luther and Islam : a study in sixteenth-century polemics and apologetics
History of Christian-Muslim relations ; v. 8.
Adam Francisco
Leiden ; Boston : Brill 2007
Online access

Germany, France, Russia, & Islam
Heinrich von Treitschke 1834-1896.
New York and London : G. P. Putnam's sons 1915
Full text in HathiTrust (see tab in MNCAT record)

Print copies:
IN STORAGE: MN Lib Access Ctr
[Minneapolis Public]
DD112 .T7 1915a

TC Offsite
904 T71g

Reformation 2017 Current Media Coverage

  • Pope Francis in Sweden to mark 500th Anniversary
    • CBS
      AP October 31, 2016, 7:26 AM
    • NPR
      October 28, 20164:29 AM ET Heard on Morning Edition
Other Institutions
    • Here-I-Stand website
      Educational website with 30 posters includes map, charts, and 20 object images

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