History | Medieval Civilization
H206 | 28346 | Deliyannis


Above class carries Culture Studies credit
Above class open to undergraduates only

What do we mean by "Medieval Civilization"?  Chronologically, the
Middle Ages spans more than a thousand years (from approximately 400
to 1500 AD), and covers the many different political, cultural, and
ethnic communities of Europe.  There was not one medieval
civilization, but many medieval civilizations, related in some ways
to each other, but distinct and constantly changing.  This class
will be an introduction to the history of the Middle Ages through
its culture and ways of life.

Because the period to be covered is so vast, we will focus our
attention on six moments in time and space that are representative
of some of the communities of the Middle Ages. We will look at
villages and cathedral towns, monasteries and manor houses, and for
each, we will consider who lived in the community, what activities
they took part in, what the community looked like physically, and
what aspects of medieval life, politics, and culture are represented
there.

Assignments:  five short (2-3 page) papers, midterm, final exam.