21H.306 The Emergence of Europe: 500-1300

Fall 2003

Image of Lom Stave Church (circa 1210) in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway.
Image of Lom Stave Church (circa 1210) in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway.  (Image by Professor Anne McCants).

Course Highlights

Sample student assignments and exam materials are available for this course.

Course Description

This course surveys the social, cultural, and political development of western Europe between 500 and 1350. A number of topics are incorporated into the broad chronological sweep of the course, including: the Germanic conquest of the ancient Mediterranean world; the rise of a distinct northern culture and the Carolingian Renaissance; the emergence of feudalism and the breakdown of political order; contact with the Byzantine and Islamic East and the Crusading movement; the quality of religious life; the vitality of the high medieval economy and culture; and the catastrophes of the fourteenth century.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Anne McCants

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session