HIS f309K • Western Civ in Medieval Times
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
This course offers a survey of a millennium of European history from around 500 AD to around 1500. In 500, western Europe was in many ways a peripheral and backward region. By 1500, the region was on the verge of establishing a virtual global hegemony. How did this change in fortunes occur and why? We will examine the social, political, cultural, and economic dynamics (both within Europe and between Europe and its neighbors) that shaped this transformation.
Three essay exams. Each assigned reading should be done before class and you should come to class ready for a quiz or to join informed participation in discussion. Please note that your main reading responsibility is for the primary sources and Bennetts life of Cecilia Penifader. You should be ready to discuss these in class and on the test. You cannot do well in this class without being able to use the primary source readings in your essays, and each test will also include one question specifically on the primary source book assigned for that part of the course. The text book (Hunt) is primarily a reference and background tool for you.
Attendance. This class is not a correspondence course and you should attend regularly. Each unexcused absence after the first three will result in a three point deduction from your participation grade.
Lynn Hunt et al, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures to 1500 Judith Bennett, A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c.1295-1344 The Song of Roland Camoens, The Lusiads Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne PLUS brief extracts from primary sources are assigned for almost each class meeting. You can find these on a wonderful website called the Internet Medieval Source book (noted as IMS on the syllabus) which is at http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html. You should bookmark this site on your computer immediately. I recommend that you download the readings so that you have a hard copy to consult in class and use for test reviews.