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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.

Customer Reviews

Prof. Freedman is an iTunes U superstar!

Thank you Yale and Professor Freedman. The course is a joy. Every single lecture is fascinating. He brings wit and a point of view to the material, but in just the right amount to keep it interesting. He brings the historical figures to life and paints the times very well. He leaves his digital students begging for more (including this student).

This isn’t my favorite.

While I did enjoy this series, it was;t my favorite. A lot of that is personal preference. This is not my favorite period of history. Also, the lecturer spends a great deal of time on religious doctrine and conflict. While this is important to the period, he seems to wander off topic on this regard without connecting it back to the larger concerns of political and economic development. A couple of things were just annoying. First, he spends some time discussing the readings in the lecture, even though there are separate discussion sections. This is great for the students, but if you are just listening to the lectures you can get lost if you haven’t done the readings. Also, there were at least a couple of lectures that were duplicated and/or out of order. It is evident when the lecturer says things like “last time we talked about Islamic mathematics” when you listened to no such thing. I was really disappointed that the lecture on Islamic math was skipped, as that is what I was most interested in. I watched that lecture on youtube eventually, but I listen to these lectures in the car and it was very annoying and inconvenient.

I would recommend this course, but bear in mind it was poorly implemented.

Fascinating period

I just finished listening to the last lecture and am already looking for more on the subject. Well worth the listen.

Early Middle Ages
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