AHC 310 • Western Civ in Medieval Times
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This course will provide an introduction to the political, social, cultural, and economic development and history of Europe from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the discovery of the New World. The course will establish a framework of how Europe and the Mediterranean developed over one thousand years. We will discuss the loss and reappearance of public life over these centuries, the maintenance of knowledge, and the rise and fall of socio/political groups. It is important to recognize that the "West" as defined in the course includes at different times parts of Europe, North Africa, and the much of the Middle East as well because all these diverse regions were part of integrated system of relationships that had profound effects upon one another. Some of the prominent themes will be: the fall of the Roman world, the feudal world, the formation of what became the modern European states, the role of the Catholic Church, and the Renaissance and discovery of the New World. The goal of the course, however, is not simply to transmit the who, what, where and when of the past, but to provide an understanding of WHY these events developed as they did. Through this approach, hopefully, you will gain a greater appreciation of both history and your own experiences.