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New: Aspects Of The High Middle Ages

The course will explore the development, of human societies in Europe and the Mediterranean world from the 13th to the 15th Centuries CE, including the rise of the Mongol Empire, and the Christian and Muslim responses to this; the social, economic and religious consequences of the Black Death; the flourishing of international trade; and the emergence and expansion of the Ottoman Empire. Drawing on archaeological evidence, literary texts, architecture and the visual arts, the course will look at the complex and shifting relationships between the present and the past in the definition and transformation of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures and identities.

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Who is this course for

No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential. If you wish to read before the course the following book is recommended: Peter Frankopan - The Silk Roads - A New History of the World.

What does this course cover

We will begin by looking at the balance between Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures in Europe and the Mediterranean World in 1250 CE. We will go on to consider the rise of the Mongol and Ottoman Empires; the social and economic consequences of the Black Death; the challenge to European Feudalism; and the flourishing of international trade. We will explore aspects of Scholastic philosophy; the renewal of interest in Classical (mainly Roman) Civilisation; and the influence of increasing contacts between European and non-European cultures.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Give an account of the history of Europe and the Mediterranean World from the 13th to the 15th Centuries CE.
- Contribute to discussions on the philosophical and religious consequences of contact between western and non-western peoples; the social and economic impact of the Black Death; and the flourishing of international trade in the Late Middle Ages.
- Discuss the key features of art and literature in England, France, Italy, and the Ottoman world in the Late Middle Ages.
- Use the knowledge gained on the course to identify aspects of Late Medieval thought that continue to influence the literature, politics, and philosophy of the modern world.

What will it be like

Each week there will be an informative talk using PowerPoint and group discussion of aspects of Medieval archaeology, history, religion, art, and architecture. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment. Occasionally homework reading will be provided. Although this is not an accredited course leading to a formal qualification, you will be encouraged to complete a self-assessment form in which you can monitor your progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run via the zoom platform, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
If you have a device, find a way to prop it up so you can work and we can see your face.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorder by the tutor for internal education and training purposes.

You are also advised to bring note-taking materials to all sessions.

What this course could lead to

You might consider enrolling on other history/history of art/literature/philosophy courses run by the Centre.

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