History | West Europe-High/Late Middle Age
B352 | 6180 | Deliyannis
Above section meets second eight weeks only
Above section carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
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 1500 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.
Requirements: four 5-7-page papers, an open-note midterm exam, and
an open-note final exam.