Instructor: Dr. Charlotte Masemann

The years 1350-1650 marked a period of great change in Western Europe. This course will examine social, political, religious and economic challenges to the established order. It will also explore the ways in which European society and culture maintained continuity during this period of upheaval.

Each lecture will begin with an examination of a piece of music pertaining to the day’s subject and will be illustrated with relevant images. We will explore the institutions of Europe at the end of the Middle Ages; aspects of the Renaissance; the Reformation and the political turmoil that followed; daily life in Early Modern Europe; and other topics. There will also be discussion of the sources and practices used by historians to construct narrative.

The course will introduce students to the sub-disciplines of history. Varied scholarly perspectives will be presented. An emphasis will be placed on the interpretation of primary sources, to be explored in tutorials. Students will acquire a knowledge of the events of western European history from 1350-1650, will become conversant with the practice of history, and will be able to analyse primary sources. This course will also provide students with the opportunity to develop analytical skills, oral and written communication skills, experience in presenting research, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and an understanding of what it means to be human. (History is not part of the humanities for nothing).

A complete list of readings and assignments will be available at the first class.