This introductory lecture course is the
first of three that cover the history of Europe from the Middle Ages to the
contemporary period . This course is a history of
European politics, culture, and institutions from roughly 1000 through 1500.
Within a chronological framework, the focus will be on the development and
expansion of nations and government, the growth of papal-dominated Christianity
by conquest and crusade, the rise of the knight and chivalry, the revival of urban life, the crisis of the 14th century, the effects
of the Black Death, the
development of mysticism and heresy as forms of personal and social expression,
and the beginnings of the Renaissance and the Reformation.