History | West Europe-High/Late Middle Age
B352 | 2980 | Shopkow
Above section carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section meets with WEUR W405
When this course begins, about 1100, western European society had
just discovered the world outside its borders, which contained
competitors that were certainly its economic and cultural equals,
and in some ways were more developed. Contacts with this world were
carried out alternately through peaceful means--trade and
intellectual exchange--as well as violent means--war and crusade.
At the end of the period, western Europe, no longer rural, but now
an urbanized, economically complex, culturally sophisticated and
highly politically organized society, had colonized much of eastern
Europe, was facing a new challenge from the Ottoman Turks, and was
beginning to move beyond its own boundaries. By 1500 it is possible
to see the first contours of a world system dominated by Europe.
In this course we will examine both Europe's internal development
between 1100 and roughly 1450 and its relations with its neighbors.
The emphasis will be on western European developments, but we will
talk about political, social, and economic developments within the
Islamic world and the Byzantine Empire.
Format and goals: The class will be mostly lecture. However, we
will take time in class to discuss readings or to practice working
with primary sources. While one goal of the course is for you to
become familiar with the history of the period, another is for you
to develop your ability to read and interpret primary sources and to
Requirements: two open-book term exams, a series of short (1-2 pp)
paper, a source criticism paper (ca. 2500-3500 words), three map
quizzes and an open-book final examination. H206, B351, or a
knowledge of the early middle ages is strongly recommended, but not