History 332A
Europe in the Early Middle Ages
Fall 2007

Charles Radding                       
406A Morrill Hall 
radding@msu.edu

Office Hours: MW: 11:30-12:30                                  

Rules of the Course

                     Calendar of Assignments
Note:  These assignments may be modified in the course of the semester.


Week 1 (27 August)
     Mon.: Introduction to the course
     Wed.: Politics and society in the fourth century
     Read: Heather, intro, chaps. 1, 3

Week 2 (3 Sept.)
     Wed.: Culture and religion in the fourth century
     Read: Innes, chap. 1; Brown, chaps. 1-3; Murray, pp. 41-54

Week 3 (10 Sept.)
     Mon.: Germanic tribes and the frontiers of Rome
     Read: Heather, chaps. 2, 4, 5; Innes, chap. 2
     Wed.: The Sack of Rome and its aftermath
     Read: Heather, chaps. 6, 8, 9

Week 4 (17 Sept.)
     Mon.: Gaul in the later 5th c.
     Read: Innes, chap. 3; Brown, chaps. 4, 5; Murray, 194-258
     Wed.: Clovis
     Read: Murray, pp. 259-86, 533-556

Week 5 (24 Sept.)
     Mon.: Gregory of Tours
     Read: Brown, chap. 6; Murray, pp. 325-446; Wallace-Hadrill (on Angel)
     Wed.: The Mediterranean in the Sixth Century
     Read: Innes, chap. 4; Brown, chap. 7, 8

Week 6 (1 Oct.)
     Mon.: Islam and the Mediterranean
     Read: Innes, chap. 5, 6; Brown, chaps. 12, 13
     Wed.: Mid-term exam

Week 7 (8 Oct.)
     Mon.: Monasticism
     Benedictine Rule; Brown, chaps. 9, 10
     Wed.: Italy after the Lombards
     Read: Petrucci essays on literacy (Angel)

Week 8 (15 Oct.)
     Seventh-century Gaul
     Read: Innes, chap. 7; Murray, 447-532; Wood (on Angel)

Week 9 (22 Oct.)
     The Carolingians
     Read: Innes, chaps. 8, 9; Brown, chap. 15, 18, 19, Fouracre (Angel), Dutton, docs. 1-4

Week 10 (29 Oct.)
     Charlemagne
     Read: Barbero (entire); Innes, chap. 10; Dutton, docs. 7, 13, 23, 24

Week 11 (5 Nov.)
     Mon.: The Carolingian Renaissance
     Read: Readings on Angel; Dutton, 18-20, 52, 61, 69
     Wed.: Louis the Pious
     Dutton, docs. 26-28, 30, 41, 44

Week 12 (12 Nov.)
     Ninth-Century Europe
     Read: Innes, chap. 11, Epilogue; Dutton, docs. 45, 47-48, 64, 65, 70-72, 77
 
Week 13 (19 Nov.) [Thanksgiving]
     Mon.: Vikings and other invaders
     Read: Vikings, chaps. 1, 3, 7-11; Dutton, 62, 74, 76

Week 14 (26 Nov.)
     The Tenth Century
     Readings on Angel

Week 15 (3 Dec.)
     Mon.: Review
     Wed.: Exam