History of Christianity

History 185A

Spring 2010
Instructor: 
Elm
Location: 
tba
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11
CCN: 
39618
Units: 
Units

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 in order to present this process as a model of institutionalization 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 Medieval history, are one midterm, one final, and a book review.

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