The Middle Ages

History 275B

Fall 2015
Instructor: 
Location: 
2303 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
Tu 3-6P
CCN: 
40059
Units: 
4

An introduction to the historiography of medieval Europe, emphasizing breadth of coverage and targeted to basic frames of knowledge. The course is therefore geared to those whose first, second, or outside field is medieval history. Readings include works on early and later medieval Christianity, Christianization, monasticism, and heresy; social and economic history; political and institutional history (Merovingians, Carolingians, France, England); and literacy and popular culture. Special attention is also given to ways one can read books and take notes productively. Requirements: 1) periodic class presentations; 2) two short written assignments on individual readings modelled on book reviews; 3) a longer essay applying core readings to a small set of supplementary readings chosen by the student.