History of Christianity to 1250

History 185A

Fall 2016
136 Barrows
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11
  • 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.

    Course Books

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