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Morgan Kay
HSTAM 333
Seattle Campus

Late Middle Ages

Disintegration of the medieval order under the impact of the national state, the secularization of society, and the decline of the church. Movements of reform and revolution. The culture of late gothic Europe.

Class description

The official course description emphasizes decay and decline, but we will see that the Late Medieval period, despite disasters such as the Black Death and the Hundred Years War, was a time of impressive creativity and cultural achievement. In addition to learning the major events of the period, students will also get a sense of what life was like for people in the late Middle Ages.

Student learning goals

Basic knowledge of main events of the late middle ages and what life was like for the people who lived then

Understanding of the difficulty of defining differences between the medieval and early modern worlds, and of finding an end to the middle ages and a beginning for the renaissance

Understanding of modern perceptions of the middle ages and their sources

Increase in research skills and the ability to assess what information we can learn from primary sources

Students will create, through a collaborative class wiki, a website that will be useful to the world at large: see http://faculty.washington.edu/mkay/medievalmyths

General method of instruction

Primarily lecture

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Morgan Kay
Date: 02/25/2008