HIST 211 - European History, 1050-1789

A survey of early modern European history from the High Middle Ages to the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15



None, but English 100 is highly recommended


Non-Course Prerequisites: 






Course Content:
- The Middle Ages

   The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in West and East
   The Church in the Early Middle Ages
   The Kingdom of the Franks and the Carolingian Achievement
   Feudal Society in the Early Middle Ages
   Empire, Papacy and the Investiture Controversy
   The Crusades
   State Formation in England, France, and the Hohenstaufen Empire
   Society and Economy in the High Middle Ages
   The Medieval Mind: Universities and Scholasticism
   The Hundred Years' War
   The Black Death
   The Church in the Late Middle Ages
- Early Modern Europe
   The Italian Renaissance
   State Formation in the late 15th and early 16th centuries
   The Age of Discovery
   Reformation and Counter-Reformation
   The French Wars of Religion
   The Thirty Years' War
   Constitutional Development in England and France
   The Scientific Revolution
   The Maritime Powers and the Imperial Wars of the 18th Century
   Society and Economy in the 18th Century
   The Age of Enlightenment: 18th Century Thought


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

- Provide students with an introduction to the political, cultural, social and economic history of medieval and early modern Europe
- Provide students with an introduction to some of the key issues in European historiography during this period
- Help students develop the reading, research, writing and analytical skills required for the discipline of history

Students will learn to:

- Identify arguments in historical texts
- Analyze primary documents
- Contrast and compare historical arguments in texts that on similar topics but with different arguments
- Write essays using academic language and structure


- Students will learn how to access written texts through D2L
- How to contribute to online discussions through D2L
- How to submit written assignments through D2L


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.