HIST-262   Early Medieval Worlds, 300-1000

In the wake of the Roman Empire, three distinct political cultures emerged from the disintegration of the Roman Empire: the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic commonwealth, and Christian Western Europe. This course will study the emergence of these areas, their interactions, and the manner in which they incorporated their Hellenistic legacy. Special attention is given to rise of Islam, the Christianization of Western Europe, the role of monasticism in East and West, and the way that all three civilizations integrated its Roman-Hellenistic heritage into its institutions and culture. This course will receive core credit in the Global and Historical core category.