Feb 23, 2024
HIST 147 - History of Europe from the Fall of Rome to the 17th Century
One of two related courses (with HIST 148), which may be taken in either order. These courses trace the accumulated experience of Western civilization and its worldwide relationships and provide a contextual framework for integrating all areas of Western human activity and thought. HIST 147 is an inquiry into the foundations of Western civilization and its odyssey to the 17th century. Focuses on areas such as the background and the legacy of the ancient world, the distinctive medieval world view, the creation of new social and religious ideals during the Renaissance and Reformation, relationships between cultural and political institutions, the growth of absolutism and constitutionalism, artistic and literary creativity. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, READ 120. Three hours lecture/discussion each week. Formerly HS 151.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Describe and provide reasons for the divergent fates of the Eastern and Western Roman Empire.
- Demonstrate understanding of the historical and theological reasons for the spread of Christianity, as well as the growing divisions within it from the 4th century to the Protestant Reformation.
- Be familiar with the historical context for the creation of Islam, the basic characteristics of the new faith and the nature of its development, as well as its role in preserving a significant portion of Roman and Greek learning.
- Explain the evolution of phenomena such as monasticism and feudalism that were key to the Medieval world view.
- Describe and provide reasons for the rise of certain nation states (such as France, Spain, and England) in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance and the lack of unity in other regions such as the Germanic and Italian territories.
- Demonstrate, using historical and cultural evidence, how the Renaissance is a revival of Classical Antiquity on the one hand and a continuation of Late Medieval developments on the other.
- Describe the intellectual, governmental, and economic developments that led to the discovery of the New World and how this discovery affected Western Europe.
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