Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Medieval Europe 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This new study-unit offers in-depth coverage of key themes in medieval European history. It builds on the groundwork achieved in HST1010 Medieval Europe 1 which covers the whole period from 400 to 1500. HST2040 Medieval Europe 2 studies major themes in medieval European history, their interconnections and significance in the wider historical context, including: the making of medieval Christian Europe and the diffusion of monasticism; the Western empire, the Eastern Romans and the world of Islam; agriculture and the development of feudal societies; medieval war and 'holy war'; towns and trade in Europe and the Mediterranean; and medieval heresy, revolt and nonconformity. These topics are studied through a selection of key texts which enable thematic-centred discussions cutting across the chronological and geographical spans of medieval European history. Different historiographical approaches to the subject are emphasized and discussed . The texts are related to the main themes under discussion and are selected from different historical, cultural and religious contexts, in order to underline the multicultural diversities whilst stressing the underlying unifying themes which make up the history of Europe in the Middle Ages.

Study-unit Aims

The aims of this study-unit are:

To offer students the opportunity to acquire deeper insights into the medieval history of Europe, from different angles, notably political and social developments, economic and cultural changes, and military and religious interaction;
To offer students the opportunity to acquire a broader perspective of medieval European history through the detailed study of selected texts;
To make students aware of different approaches to the study of medieval European history;
To underscore the interconnections between the different parts of the medieval world and their historical consequences;
To alert students about varying interpretations of the medieval European past across different cultural and religious contexts.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Explain what the key thematic debates in medieval European history are;
Compare the medieval origins of several modern phenomena, and the role played by different perspectives in their historical explanation;
Compare developments in the medieval history of Europe, in relation to different contexts;
Explain the interconnections between different thematic evolutions of medieval European history.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Analyze critically different fields of human interaction in terms of a series of unifying themes;
Read critically and selectively and make sense of a range of historical sources;
Write historical essays with a clear structure and logical presentation of arguments;
Demonstrate an awareness of the long-term evolution of major thematic developments in European history and their impact since 1500.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook
The New Cambridge Medieval History, 7 vols (Cambridge University Press)
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages ed A Vauchez et al (Routledge, 2000)

J Aberth, An Environmental History of the Middle Ages (Routledge, 2012)
R Bartlett, The Making of Europe (Penguin, 1993)
M Bloch, Feudal Society, 2 vols (University of Chicago Press, 2002)
A Cameron, The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity AD395-600 (Routledge, 1993)
J J Cohen ed, The Postcolonial Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001)
S K Cohn, Lust for Liberty (Harvard University Press, 2009)
T Dean, The Towns of Italy in the Later Middle Ages (Manchester University Press, 2000)
F Fernandez Armesto, Before Columbus (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987)
J Le Goff, The Birth of Europe 400-1500 (John Wiley, 2009)
D J Kagay & L J A Villalon eds, Crusaders, condottieri and cannon (Bril, 2002)
E Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou The Promised Land of Error (George Braziller, 2008)
C H Lawrence, Medieval Monasticism (Pearson, 2001)
M McCormick, Origins of the European Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
R I Moore, The Birth of Popular Heresy (University of Toronto Press, 1975)
P Partner, God of Battles (Princeton University Press, 1997)
E Peters, Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
W Pohl ed, Strategies of Distinction (Brill, 1998)
J.Riley-Smith ed, The Oxford History of the Crusades (Oxford University Press, 2002)
P Spufford, Power and Profit (Thames and Hudson, 2006)
L T White, Medieval Technology and Social Change (Oxford University Press, 1964)
R.W.Winks & Teofilo Ruiz, Medieval Europe and the World (Oxford University Press, 2005)


STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Charles Dalli

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