HIST 304 - The Dark Ages, Summer 2008
THE DARK AGES
Professor Aidan Breen, Ph.D.
Course Structure: Two hour long classes - three times a week
Beginning with the decline of the Roman Empire, this course discusses German, Muslim, Viking and Magyar invasions, the development of Catholicism in Western Europe and of Eastern Orthodoxy in the Byzantine Empire, the Arabic contribution to mathematics, science, and philsophy and the institutions of feudalism and manorialism. The course concludes with the economic, demographic and urban revival which began around 1000 AD.