2023-2024 Catalog

HIST 221 Rome to Renaissance: Medieval Europe

This course explores the history of Europe, c. 300-1500. Students will examine how events such as the decline of the Roman Empire, Viking invasions, and the Black Death changed everyday life, with a focus on the experiences of peasants, women, and religious and ethnic "others." They will analyze a range of primary sources, including memoirs, miracle stories, and tax records; dissect recent scholarly debates; and construct original historical arguments based on medieval texts. [GM1, SS]