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Early Middle Ages

by Yale University

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Course Description

Major developments in the political, social, and religious history of Western Europe from the accession of Diocletian to the feudal transformation. Topics include the conversion of Europe to Christianity, the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam and the Arabs, the "Dark Ages," Charlemagne and the Carolingian renaissance, and the Viking and Hungarian invasions.

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Great Overview of Early Middle Ages

This is an excellent course providing a thorough grounding. I'm using this course as preparation for a British Open University course on a related topic over the summer period so that I can hit the ground running come September. As such I am attempting to follow the syllabus and do the suggested reading along with watching the lectures. However, even if you merely watch the lectures, Professor Freedman's lively, engaging style makes the topic informative, and enjoyable. Whether you are using this to supplement your formal studies in History or the Study of Religion or whether you are just interested in why European Civilisation is the way it is, this course is an excellent resource. Yale should be commended for making these lectures available to everyone. Well done!

Early Middle Ages

Highly recommended as general interest study. The period dealt with is often brushed over as Dark Ages. In fact it it is the period when much of the modern world took shape. The lectures cover the rise of both Christianity and Islam and offers the best objective assessment of their characteristics that I have read. The course treats many fundamental questions such as the nature of states, which characteristics lead them to succeed or decline. There is much in this which helps make sense of our own time.
Hopefully Yale will also post the successor course.

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