Self and Society in Medieval Europe

History 4B

Spring 2013
Day & Time: 
TuTh 330-5

This course offers a broad introduction to the European Middle Ages through both textual and material sources. Change - as an individual experience and as a social phenomenon - is a central theme. Why did medieval people make radical changes in their lives? Why did European political systems, cultural expressions, and religious ideals change so dramatically over the course of the Middle Ages? The course charts the emergence of a distinctively "medieval" civilization after the demise in the west of the late Roman state and then the transformation of this early medieval civilization after the millennium. The roles of demographic and economic expansion are explored as motors for the radical political, religious, and cultural transformation of medieval society from 1000 to 1500.


Course Books

Renard the Fox by Terry, Patricia University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520076846 Required
The Poem of the Cid by Simpson, Lesley Byrd University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520250109 Required
Two Lives of Charlemagne by Einhard & Notker the Stammerer Penguin . ISBN: 978-0140442137 Required
The Tain by Kinsella, Thomas Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0192803733 Required
A Short History of the Middle Ages by Rosenwein, Barbara H University of Toronto Press. ISBN: 9781442601048 Required