History 211 - Fall 2003

The Emergence of Europe, 400-1715


History 211 will survey the formation of European culture from the migrations of the 5th century through the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century. Topics will include feudalism and the origins of the modern state, the changing spheres of religious and secular life, encounters with other cultures, and responses to the discovery of new worlds in the past, around the globe, and in the heavens.

The course has a textbook, but the bulk of the reading will be in primary sources of various sorts documenting the patterns of life and thought during the period.