HISTORY 211 - Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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"How was it that Europe emerged from the margins of the world's stage during the period called the High and Late Middle Ages (roughly 1000 to 1500)? Europeans witnessed stunning events in this period - the Magna Carta, the Black Death, and "discovery" of the New World. They saw the first signs of the Renaissance and Reformation. Through close readings of primary sources, we will examine what religious, political, and cultural transformations re-made Europe. We will ask, who belonged to this emerging world and who was excluded? We will ask what were the myths that bound disparate groups into "nations"? More generally, we will ask whether medieval Europe was on the way to becoming modern - secular and democratic - or a world so alien that it calls into question the idea of Europe altogether.

From the Crusades and the persecution of Jews to the coexistence of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in medieval Spain, the European Middle Ages have been seen as either precursor of modern racial and ethnic intolerance or a lost idyll. In this course, we will discuss the meaning of race, ethnicity, and racism, and we will actively think about how the examples of the Middle Ages compare to modern discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, disability, and sexual orientation.”

Course Requirements:

There are no prerequisites for the course. Students will take two quizzes, write two short essays, and take a final exam.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students

Class Format:

Two lectures and one discussion section per week

HISTORY 211 - Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0140166645
Europe in the High Middle Ages, Author: William Chester Jordan., Publisher: Penguin 2001
ISBN: 9780140448993
The letters of Abelard and Heloise, Author: translated with an introduction and notes by Betty Radice., Publisher: Penguin Books Revised ed 2003
ISBN: 9780802067012
The crisis of church and state, 1050-1300, Author: Tierney, Brian., Publisher: Published by University of Toronto Press in association with the Medieval Academy of America 2009
ISBN: 9780140447590
The lais of Marie de France, Author: Marie, de France, ca. 12. Jh., Publisher: Penguin 2012
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