Instructor: Dr. Neven Leddy

Course Description:

The fall term of this course surveys the history of Europe from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the Renaissance, with emphases on three big themes:

1/ Cross-cultural contacts and religious difference, especially in the Iberian Peninsula.

2/ Interactions between Europeans and their environment, including the decline and reemergence of the European city.

3/ Developments in military technology and the resulting changes in state-formation.

Particular attention will be paid to periodization and the formulation of interpretative historical hypotheses.  The geographic focus of the course will be on the city of Rome, Iberia, the western Alps and Great Britain.  A familiarity with Game of Thrones is not a prerequisite – but it will help.


Required Texts (will be) Available at Haven Books:

De Vries, Kelly and Robert Douglas Smith.  Medieval Military Technology. 2nd Edition.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. [9781442604971]

Hoffman, Richard C.  An Environmental History of Medieval Europe.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. [9780521700375]

Course Requirements (Fall Term):

  • Attendance – 20%
  • In-class quizzes – 20%
  • Participation – 20%
  • Research exercise – 20%
  • Final Exam – 20%