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Fall 2017-2018
* HIS 343 / CLA 343 / HLS 343 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Civilization of the Early Middle Ages

Helmut Reimitz

This course will survey the "Dark Ages" from the end of the Roman Empire to the end of the first millennium (ca. 400-1000 AD), often seen as a time of cultural and political decline, recently even labelled as the "end of civilization". The complex political and social landscape of the Roman Empire, however, had more to offer than just to end. This course will outline how early medieval people(s) in the successor states of the Roman Empire used its resources to form new communities and will suggest to understand the "Dark Ages" as a time of lively social and cultural experimentation, that created the social and political frameworks of Europe.

Sample reading list:
W. C. Jordan, Europe in the High Middle Ages
P. Brown, The Rise of Western Christendom. Triumph and Diversity (3rd)

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will average 100 pages per week (secondary literature and translated original sources).

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
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Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20613 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am M W   Louis A. Simpson International   A71   Enrolled:36 Limit:50
20614 P01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:10 Limit:12
20615 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Green Hall   1-N-11   Enrolled:10 Limit:12
23738 P03 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   48   Enrolled:5 Limit:12
23739 P04 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:9 Limit:12
22739 P99 TBA        Enrolled:2 Limit: