The Emergence of Europe: 500-1300

A pastoral church againt a bright blue sky.

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

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21H.306

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Fall 2003

Level

Undergraduate

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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.

McCants, Anne. 21H.306 The Emergence of Europe: 500-1300, Fall 2003. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/21h-306-the-emergence-of-europe-500-1300-fall-2003 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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