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Robin C Stacey
HSTAM 530
Seattle Campus

Early Middle Ages

Field course. Survey of early European history through the times of tribal migrations and invasions from Asia. Problems and methods of research.

Class description

Early Medieval Europe, 500-1500. Intended for graduate students only, although advanced undergraduates may enroll with the permission of the instructor. Principal themes: kingship and the church, the creation of political identities, Rome and the medieval west, notions of power in the medieval west, current early medieval historiography, the role of the social sciences (esp. anthropology and sociology) in the study of early medieval Europe.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Once a week discussion of secondary source readings

Recommended preparation

Significant coursework in medieval studies. Advanced undergraduates will be admitted only by permission of the instructor.

Class assignments and grading

Seminar discussion of secondary literature weekly for two hours. In addition, each member of the seminar will be required to research and write a 15-20 page biblographical essay on the early medieval subfield of her/his choice.


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.
Last Update by Robin C Stacey
Date: 10/22/2006