HIST 225
The Middle Ages Spring 2010
Division II
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This course explores the development of European and Mediterranean civilizations during the thousand-year period known as the “Middle Ages.” At the beginning of this period the Romans ruled a massive empire that stretched from Britain to north Africa and from Spain to Iraq. A millennium later, this classical and pagan world had broken apart into three successor civilizations: medieval Europe, the Byzantine empire, and the Islamic world. This course investigates how this momentous transformation occurred. We will examine such topics as relations between Romans and “barbarians,” the spread of Christianity and Islam, the development of kingdoms and empires, the Vikings and crusades, saints and religious reformers, art and architecture, cities and trade, the persecution of Jews and heretics, as well as the Black Death and Italian Renaissance.
The Class: Format: seminar/lecture and audio-visual presentations
Limit: none
Expected: 10-30
Class#: 3104
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on several papers, an exam and class participation
Prerequisites: none
Unit Notes: meets Group C and G requirements in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
JWST Elective Courses
REL Christian Tradition Courses

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