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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2005

HIS 362K • Early Medieval World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38752 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
GAR 311

Course Description

From the middle of the 3rd century AD, the Roman Empire underwent a remarkable transformation. This great empire  stretching at its height from Britain to North Africa and from the Atlantic to Iraq  changed as it resolved the crises that challenged it. It is during this period of the empires lingering demise and in the years that followed that we can trace the end of the classical world and the beginning of medieval civilization. In this course we will look at the evolution of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin during the period from Constantine to Charlemagne (ca. 305-814). We will examine the Roman Empires decline and fall, analyze the impact of Christianity upon the Empire and its society, discuss the impact of invading Huns, Goths, and other barbarians on the disintegrating empire, and trace the transformation of the Empire into three new, distinct civilizations  the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic caliphate, and the successor kingdoms of the West.

Grading Policy

Midterm I Exam 25% Midterm II Exam 25% Final Exam 40% Class Participation 10%


Collins, Roger. Early Medieval Europe. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions, tr. R. S. Pine-Coffin. Gregory of Tours. History of the Franks. tr. Lewis Thorpe. Geary, Patrick. Before France and Germany. Other Reading: Selected primary sources for this course will be assigned and can be accessed via the Internet. URLs will be provided in the syllabus.


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