This course will investigate the history of Europe and the Near East
from the breakup of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance. It
will study the political, economic, social, and cultural development of
the three successor civilizations of classical Greece and Rome--Byzantium,
Islam and Western Christendom, with particular emphasis on the latter. It
will look at how these civilizations arose and interacted in both peace
and war. Among the topics to be covered in the course will be: the end of
the ancient world; the Rise of Christianity; the era of migrations; the
Germanic successor kingdoms; the Catholic Church in the West, the Carolingian
Empire, the Vikings, Feudalism and Manorialsim, Holy Roman Empire Versus
the Papacy, Byzantium and its civilization, the rise of Islam and its civilization,
the advent of the Turks; the Crusades; the Medieval Kingdoms; the aristocracy
and middle class in the Middle Ages; church and culture in the High Middle
Ages; later islam and the Byzantine Commonwealth; the Mongols; and the crises
of the 14th Century and the beginnings of the Renaissance. The course will
also attempt to assess the impact of these and other subjects upon today's
Class Schedule and Procedure
- 1. The class schedule will consist of two 80-minute sessions each week.
Each session is allotted to lectures by the instructor, while a portion
of each session occasionally will be devoted to questions and discussion.
- 2. Lectures will both supplement and complement reading assignments.
- 3. Lecture outlines, maps
, lecture notes and other supplementary readings
will be distributed to students on the web.
- 4. Text and Web Readings are given on a
weekly basis. Two-to three-page essays will be assigned from the readings
four times during the semester.
- 5. Attendance: Students are expected to regularly attend lectures
and participate actively in classroom discussions. Attendence will be taken
regularly. Since there is no penalty for absences, there will be no excused
- Essays: Four two-to-three-page essays will
be assigned during the semester. These essays will be based upon questions
given on selected readings. Students are expected to express their reaction
and answer each question in a two-to-three-page, typed,and double spaced
paper, which is about 500 to 700 words on E-Mail. The lowest of four essay
scores will be dropped. The three remaining essays will count 150 points
towards the course grade
- Examinations: Four exams will be presented
during the semester. Each examination will include one essay section. The
lowest of the four exam scores will be dropped. Each examination will count
100 points toward the course grade. In total the three examinations will
count 150 points toward the course grade. Since the lowest of the four
exams will be dropped, no makeup exams will be given. No dropping of the
fourth and final exam will be accepted.
- Geography Quizzes: Twelve brief geography
Quizzes will be presented and are scheduled in the course outline. The
two lowest of twelve geography quiz scores will be dropped. Each quiz will
count for 10 points for a total of 100 points toward the course grade.