HISTORY 253 - Europe, 300-1648: The Rise and Fall of the Middle Ages
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In 27 BCE Roman Senate granted Gaius Octavius the titles of Princeps and Augustus, effectively making him the first Emperor of the Roman Empire, a territory that would come to include all the land between Persia and Britain. Sixteen hundred years later, Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, fought the Ottoman Turks in Vienna, invaded France, and debated Martin Luther’s challenge to the Pope’s supremacy. While the office of Roman Emperor, his responsibility for religion, and his desire for territory remained a constant, the meaning of this office and its responsibilities and goals had significantly changed. As we travel across the sixteen hundred years between these two figures, we will survey the changes to Europe’s physical world, religious beliefs, daily life, and political organization, thinking about what if anything it meant to be “European.”. We will also consider Europe’s place in the wider world and what if anything it meant to be European in this context. In addition, by working with primary sources, this class will provide essential preparation for more advanced courses, teaching you to think, debate, and write like a historian.

Course Requirements:

There will be a midterm and a final exam, which test your understanding of the broader themes, as well as two, short papers based on primary sources.

Intended Audience:

First and second year students of all majors or intended majors.

Class Format:

Lecture with discussion sections.

HISTORY 253 - Europe, 300-1648: The Rise and Fall of the Middle Ages
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 0140455280
The secret history, Author: Procopius ; translated by G.A. Williamson and Peter Sarris ; with an introduction and notes by Peter Sarris., Publisher: Penguin New ed. 2007
ISBN: 9780520011762
The poem of the Cid., Publisher: University of California Press 1957
ISBN: 1551114321
The shaping of Western civilization : from antiquity to the Enlightenment, Author: Burger, Michael, 1962-, Publisher: Broadview Press 2008
ISBN: 9781487594602
Rise and Fall of the Middle Ages REader, Author: University of Toronto Press, Publisher: University of Toronto Press 2017
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