History | West Europe: High/Late Middle Ages
B352 | 2651 | Shopkow


TR 2:30P-3:45P BH103

Above section carries culture studies credit. A portion of the above
section reserved for majors B352 : recommended HIST H206 and/or B351

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
though 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.

The textbooks for the course will be Hollister, Medieval Europe;
Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony; and the Hammond Atlas of World
History.  There will also be a reader.

Requirements: Students will write three 1000-word essays (about 4-5
pages).  There will be two term exams, and a final, as well as a paper
(ca. 2500-3500 words).  There are no prerequisites, but H206, B351, or
knowledge of the early middle ages STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.