Hist 121A: Medieval World, 300-1000
Time: TUESDAY 1800-2045
Location: DMH 355
This course offers an overview of European medieval history from the fourth century through the first millennium. It examines the political, economic, social, cultural, and religious changes that constituted the transformation of the antique world and the creation of a unique “European” civilization. Using lectures, discussion, and analysis of texts and images, the course will focus on the conflict and interaction of peoples, cultures, and institutions. We will examine and analyze the three dominant cultural traditions--Roman, Christian, and Germanic--that resulted in the birth of a European culture and try to determine if a synthesis of these three traditions occurred. The instructor uses primary sources as the main avenue for investigating this period; consequently, in addition to written examinations and active participation in discussion, students will be required to write short analytical papers using assigned primary sources from the period.