2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Apr 16, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HS 303 - The Early Middle Ages

(3.00 cr.)

When the Roman Empire fell to the barbarian invasions of the fourth century and later, a new age dawned on Europe. Cultural, religious, economic, social, intellectual, technological, military, and political changes all quickly occurred as Roman emperors were replaced by non- Roman chiefs. Into a western vacuum created by the fall of Rome rose the Catholic Church, which kept alive the ideals of morality, theology, and education. Into the eastern vacuum arose a different religious entity, Islam; it, too, presented a values structure similar to that of Catholicism. Eventually, these two religious entities would clash. But before that occurred, east and west had to develop their own characters. For Europe, this meant the rise of the Franks and eventually of their leader, Charlemagne. From his reign came the modern division of western European countries. But, even more importantly, from his reign came the modern division of the Middle Ages as an era which, despite the invasions of new barbarians (the Vikings and Magyars), would last for nearly 700 years after his death.

Prerequisite: One HS 100-level course.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Varies

Interdisciplinary Studies: GT/IC/IM

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