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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Jan 23, 2018
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

LASS307 Medieval and Renaissance History 3cr

This course encompasses no less than twelve centuries of European history extending from the last decades of the Roman Empire in the West to what is often referred to as the Early Modern period (I.e., the 16th century), the era characterized by the rise of powerful centralized monarchical states and empires.  Throughout, a determined effort is made to precisely define broad historical concepts such as “civilizations” and “intellectual revolutions.”  For example,  we will ask what particular historical and cultural elements made the Medieval West a distinct civilization?  In the same manner, what presumably different and distinct elements formed and shaped the civilization of Byzantium?  What was the Renaissance, both in  Italy, and north and west of the Alps?  Where and how does the Renaissance intersect with the Reformation and the Reconnaissance, enormously significant historical phenomena in themselves?

Prerequisites: LALW100, FRSM100

Undergraduate Elective
Fall & Spring