HIST 371: Early Medieval Europe: 400-1000 (Rev. A2) Report a Broken Link

History 371: Early Medieval Europe, 400−1000 surveys the most significant political, economic, social, intellectual, and religious events and trends in Europe from the collapse of the ancient Roman Empire in the 400s to about the year 1000. Historians have long debated whether this period was a dark age or the birth of Europe. To engage students with these and other historical questions, the course presents primary source readings from the period as well as current scholarly interpretations of the Early Middle Ages. Through researching a particular historical topic in detail, you will exercise the research, critical thinking, and writing skills you will need for success at university and beyond.

Required Readings

Unit 1

No DRR readings for Unit 1

Unit 2

The Late Roman Empire, 284−476
No DRR readings for Unit 2

Unit 3

The Cultural and Religious Transformation of the Late Roman Empire
No DRR readings for Unit 3

Unit 4

The Barbarian Kingdoms of the Early Middle Ages

Unit 5

The Byzantine Empire: East Rome Transformed
No DRR readings for Unit 5

Unit 6

Islam: Sibling Civilization of Medieval Europe
No DRR readings for Unit 6

Unit 7

Christianization of Early Medieval Europe

Unit 8

Early Medieval Economy and Society

Unit 9

The Carolingian Empire, Part I: The Rise of the Carolingian Franks
No DRR readings for Unit 9

Unit 10

The Carolingian Empire, Part II: Reform, Renaissance and Decline
No DRR readings for Unit 10

Unit 11

The Vikings, Part I
No DRR readings for Unit 11

Unit 12

The Vikings, Part II
No DRR readings for Unit 12

Unit 13

The Lordship and Kingship at the End of the Early Middle Ages,
c. 850–c.1000