Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
HST 319 Medieval Cities
4 hours; 4 credits
An examination of aspects of the history and culture of medieval cities between 300-1200 CE from a comparative perspective. Starting with the transformation of ancient urban culture under the Christian Roman Empire, this course compares and contrasts urban life in three areas of the medieval world: Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic Middle East. Particular emphasis is placed on: concepts of "the city"; the state and the city; the impact of established religion; the urban economy; civic government and institutions; change and continuity; patterns of daily life; and causes of urban decline and revival. For History majors and minors, this is designated as a pre-1700 course.
Prerequisites: Any 200-level history course and ENG 151
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