The History of Christianity through 1250

History 185A

Spring 2016
3106 Etcheverry
Day & Time: 
TTh 930-1100
  • This course satisfies the Pre-Modern Requirement for the History Major.
  • The course deals with the origins of Christianity and the first eleven centuries of its expansion into a major institutional, social, and intellectual force shaping Western Europe. The central themes are the mechanisms and conditions shaping this expansion rather than a chronological account to present this process as a model of "institutionalization" (or not!) of religious movements. The emphasis will be on patterns of crisis and reform, i.e., on conflicts arising within the church itself and as a result of its dealings with the "outside" world, and how these crises were resolved. The course is based on the study of primary sources and will include problems of historical method. Requirements, beyond a basic familiarity with Roman and early Medieval history, are one midterm, one final, and a book review. The syllabus refers to books ordered, but also mentions recommended readings in brackets (on reserve only); please note also resources on bspace. You may use any BIBLE, and please bring yours with you for the first weeks.

    Course Books

    A Short history of the middle ages by Rosenwein, Barbara U of Toronto Press. ISBN: 978-1442606111 Required
    From Jesus to Christ by Fredricksen, Paula Yale. ISBN: 978-0300084573 Required
    The Rise of Western Christendom by Brown, Peter Wiley Blackwell. ISBN: 978-0631221388 Required
    Constantine the Emperor by Potter, David Oxford. ISBN: 978-0199755868 Required
    The New Testament: A Historical introdction by Ehrman, Bart Oxford. ISBN: 978-0199757534 Required