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.