European History 500-1500


Course Objective

To provide students with knowledge about and insight in the most
important aspect of the history of particularly Europe in the period
knwon as 'The Middle Ages', when Europe and its culture as we know it
slowly started taking shape.

Course Content

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, large parts of Europe had to
reinvent themselves, confronted with changed economic circumstances that
changed society fundamentally. At the same time Christianity started to
play an ever more important role in this society as it spread across the
continent and assumed the role of the only seriously functioning
institution in this new society, with an ever greater grip on believers.
This was the era that also saw the emergence of the European urban
landscape in the high Middle Ages, the formation of states, and
typically European institutions as Estates and universities. The later
Middle Ages saw a dramatic population decline after which the
foundations were once again laid for further growth that lead to
innovation and the beginning of European Expansion. Al these themes are
highlighted during this course.

Teaching Methods

A weekly lecture and a weekly seminar.

Method of Assessment

Assignments (25%) and a written exam (75%).


Wim Blockmans & Peter Hoppenbrouwers, Introduction to Medieval Europe,
300-1500 (London 2014, second edition)

Target Audience

Obligatory for first year history students. Recommended for other
students with a serious interest in medieval history.

General Information

Course Code L_GABAGES120
Credits 3 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. F.A. van Lieburg
Examiner prof. dr. F.A. van Lieburg
Teaching Staff dr. mr. D.P.H. Napolitano
dr. E. Hagen
prof. dr. F.A. van Lieburg

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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