Robert C. Stacey
Prerequisite: reading knowledge of Latin.
This is the first quarter of a three-quarter seminar sequence intended for graduate students in medieval European history and cognate fields (students of medieval literature and art might also benefit from it). HSTAM 532 is an intensive introduction to the sources and source collections (mostly printed, but some unprinted) from which the history of the European middle ages can be written. We will also pay some attention to finding archival and manuscript sources through catalogues and other finding aids. It is intended to prepare students to write a major research paper, based on both primary and secondary sources, which they will present in the spring quarter in HSTAM 534.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Graduate standing and a reading knowledge of latin are essential. A reading knowledge of at least one modern European language other than English would also be valuable, but is not required.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly bibliographies will be handed out by the instructor for discussion in class. Students will also be asked to do some preliminary reading for each week, and to do some follow-up exercises using primary sources. Students are alsorequired to produce a prospectus for the research paper they will research and write during winter and spring quarters.