History 202B (201) Gateway to the Middle Ages
Close study of the problems and themes of medieval European History. Topics include orality and literacy; forgery and authenticity; Christian and pagan knowledge; dispute resolution, law, and the feud; and fundamental pre-modern attitudes about time, space, and the body. In particular, HIST 202 serves to familiarize students with medieval culture, its peculiar forms of evidence, and its modern interpretations, allowing them a smoother transition to upper-division courses on medieval history. More generally, the course introduces students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, and library and research skills. HIST 202 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.