History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 304: Western Europe in the Middle Ages

HIST 304-001: Western Europe in the Middle Ages
(Spring 2017)

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 224

Section Information for Spring 2017

This lecture-discussion course offers an introduction to the history of Europe from the conversion of the Roman Empire to the fourteenth century. Through the close reading of primary sources we will explore a number of themes including: the break-up of the Mediterranean world and subsequent cultural interaction between the three medieval “heirs of Rome,” the origins of Latin Christendom and the European kingdoms of northern and southern Europe, the idea of the knight, the crusading movement, the shaping of the different medieval Christianities. A midterm, final, essay, and participation in the class are required.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Survey of development of European society from collapse of Roman rule in 5th century to advent of Black Death in 14th century. Emphasizes political, social, cultural, and intellectual growth of society that developed from Roman, Catholic, and Germanic roots.

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