World Civilizations to 1500
Outline 4
The Middle Ages in the West (ca AD 500-1450/1500)


I.  The Rise and Triumph of Christianity (1st-6th centuries AD). [World History, 171-183]

    A.  The Historical Context.

    B.   From the Birth of Jesus to the Teachings of Paul.

    C.   Christianity in the Roman Age of Crisis.

    D.   The Transformation of Christianity after its Triumph & Early Christian
           Thought.

II. The World of Late Antiquity, 284-632.

III. The Heirs to the Roman Empire. [World History, 206-222]

     A.   Byzantine Civilization, 330-1453.

     B.   Kievan Rus and Mongol Russia.

     C.   Islamic Civilization, from the 7th century.

IV. The Early Middle Ages in Europe, ca 500-1050. [World History, 183-195]

     A.   Germanic Kingdoms in the West & the Carolingian Empire, ca 500-ca 987.

     B.   England in the Early Middle Ages.

     C.   Feudalism and Manorialism, ca 900-1050.

V.  The High Middle Ages, 1050-1300. [World History, 195-206; 318-325]

     A.   Economic Changes and the Medieval Urban Revolution.

     B.   The Rise of National Monarchies.

           1. The Failure to Establish National Monarchies in Germany and Italy.

           2. The Successful Establishment of National Monarchies in England and
                France.

     C.  The Vitality of Medieval Religious Life: The Papal Monarchy & the Crusades.

     D.  Intellectual and Cultural Life.

           1. Education, the Rise of Universities, Scholasticism, and Literature.

           2. Medieval Art and Architecture: The Romanesque & Gothic Styles.

VI. The Late Middle Ages/The Transition to the Renaissance, 1300-1450/1500.
       [World History, 372-374]

     A. Economic and Social Problems and the Black Death.

     B. Warfare and Politics.

          1.  The Hundred Years War (1337-1453) & the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485).

          2.  Failures of the Holy Roman Empire in Central Europe.

          3.  Italy - The Transition to the Renaissance.

    C.  The Decline of the Papal Monarchy - Crisis in the Church.

          1.   The Babylonian Captivity of the Church & the Great Schism (1309-1417).

          2.   Efforts to Reform the Church - John Wycliffe and John Huss.

          3.   Disintegration of the Thomistic Synthesis (Scholasticism).

VII. Conclusion: Europe in the Middle Ages.


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