History | Medieval Hungary-East/West
D300 | 33147 | Fulemile


Above class meets with CEUS U320 and U520

The ancestors of the Hungarian people came to Europe from the
Eurasian Steppe zone as a semi nomadic equestrian tribal population.
The ancient Hungarians had vivid connections with various Iranian
and Turkic peoples (including the Volga Bulgars, the Khazar
Kaganate) and Byzantium. When they settled into the Carpathian basin
at the turn of 9 and 10 centuries they already constituted an
ethnically mixed populace. The Carpathian basin - the one-time
territory of historic Hungary, was for many centuries a crossroad of
migrations until and still after the Hungarian People started to
inhabit the area. The early medieval kingdom of Hungary maintained
connections with the East and continued welcoming peoples of various
ethnic and religious background, such as Pechenegs, Cumans,
Jazygians, Moslems, Nestorians etc. In the early and high middle
ages there were several oriental characteristics preserved in
warfare, social and political system, lifestyle and culture. The
adoption of Western Christianity, Western European legal and social
institutions and Western cultural and political orientation produced
a specific, often ambiguous coexistence and conglomeration of
Eastern and Western phenomena. The course studies the transitional,
intermediate position of Hungary and the Hungarian ethnicity in
between East and West from the Hungarian ethno-genesis to the fall
of Medieval Kingdom of Hungary to the Ottoman Turks in 1541. The
course is an interdisciplinary course using data, approach and
methods of history, art history and anthropology.

Assessment:
5-6 pp paper with a PowerPoint presentation in class 20 %
10-l2 pp term paper for graduates, 7-8 pp for undergraduates 40%
In-class final paper (test, blank map, essay) 20 %
Seminar work: (class activity, reading reports, work with web
sources) 20 %.