West European Studies | Western Europe in the Early Middle Ages
W405 | 4677 | Elliott

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section carries culture studies credit

This course focuses on the early Middle Ages – a period of upheaval
and dramatic social change.  Beginning with the Roman Empire’s
collapse under the pressure of the Barbarian hoards, and concluding
with the eleventh-century reform of the church, we will examine how a
new civilization arose from the fusion of Roman, German, and
Christian traditions.  Topics will include miracles and martyrdom,
monasticism and the preservation of culture, Charlemagne as Christian
ruler, gender and the Germans, the beginnings of feudalism, and the
gradual ascendance of the papacy.  1 midterm exam; 1 final; 2 short
papers (ca. 5pp).