Courses

The relationship between literary narrative and history in late medieval and early modern Italy . Dante's Inferno, Boccaccio's Decameron, Machiavelli's Discourses, and other works as documents of a particular historical time.

A history of the Roman people from prehistory through Julius Caesar. The course covers political, economic, social and cultural change in Rome's transition from a village of mud huts to Mediterranean empire.

A history of the Roman Empire from Octavian to 476 C.E., covering political, economic, social, and cultural change in Rome's transition from Mediterranean and European empire to the collapse of the empire in the West.

More than 1500 years after the end of Roman political authority in Western Europe, the so-called 'Fall of Rome' continues to fascinate us. This class will attempt to problematize the 'Fall of Rome' and evaluate the various reasons advanced by scholars, from Edward Gibbon to modern historians , to explain it.

A study of the Crusades provides a microcosm of trends and assumptions in the Europe of the High Middle Ages. The course will focus on interrelationships of church, political structures, economy, and military structures, with special attention on the First, Fourth, and Sixth Crusades (1095-1270).

This course will examine love, sex ,and the end of life in the pre-modern world with a primary focus on Europe in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Topics include courtship and marriage, prostitution, gender and sexuality ,attitudes towards the body, death and the memorialization of the dead.

In this course ,students will examine late antique and early medieval history from the late Roman period to the year 1000.Topics include the end of Roman imperial rule in the west, the advent of the barbarian successor kingdoms ,the Byzantine Empire, and the spread of Christianity.

Medieval civilization from 1000-1400. The course includes the conflict of church and state, growth of national monarchies, the agricultural revolution and growth of commerce, the flowering of medieval culture, and the devastations of the 14th century.

This course offers a comparative study of states and society in Western Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Topics include the persistence of the humanist tradition, European exploration and conquest, religious reform and ideology, the rise of science, and the crisis of culture and social relations. The emphasis in these centuries that shaped the modern world is social and cultural, but political and intellectual issues are also considered in depth.

A political, social, and cultural history that explores the origins of modern Europe. Topics include the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the impact of Europe on the world, the growth of liberalism and socialism, and the causes of World War I.

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