European Studies


Medieval Studies

Fall Quarter (F18)

Dept/Description Course No., Title  Instructor
Emphasis/Category: Medieval Studies

Beginning around the year 1050, medieval Europe experienced a rapid increase in trade, population and urbanization. As more and more people moved from the countryside to trade centers, new towns formed and existing towns outgrew their walls. Town governments evolved and people formed voluntary associations for the purpose of regulating the practice of their trades and/or organizing their religious devotions. This economic, political, and cultural experimentation had a profound affect upon European society as a whole. In this course we will investigate this exciting development in medieval history, paying careful attention to three aspects of medieval urban life: One; what is a medieval town and what caused the rapid increase in urbanization historians have observed for the eleventh and twelfth centuries? Two; what was the range of wealth and poverty in a medieval town and how did medieval townspeople grapple with economic disparities? And Three; what types of urban identities were available to medieval townspeople and what strategies did people employ to confirm their own position and status?
  (Satisfies Pre-1800 Requirement)
Days: MO WE  10:00-10:50 AM