Major Requirement: History of Europe, Period prior to 1500
Before the Middle Ages, there was no Europe. This course covers the thousand-year period from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance,
roughly 400 to 1400 C.E., during which Europe emerged as a region with distinctive political, religious, and cultural traits. In order to
understand this transformation, we will examine such topics as the spread of Christianity; the reconfiguration of the Roman empire into a
new set of kingdoms; the growth of new religious, social, and political institutions; the evolution of conflicts between church and state,
Islam and Christianity, city and countryside; the cycle of economic revival and collapse; the effects of the Black Death and other
catastrophes; and the experiences of ordinary people in their daily lives.