Plague, War, Famine and Death: Crisis in Late-Medieval Europe

1979C [CRN: 25829]

This course explores the ways that people in fourteenth and fifteenth century Europe responded to the extreme hardships inflicted by famines, climate change, epidemics, wars, peasant rebellions, and religious upheaval. Covering topics ranging from evolving treatments for the plague to reactions to the Ottoman Turks’ capture of Constantinople in 1453, our discussions will help students to develop a deep understanding of a key period of transition within the history of Europe. Drawing on the lessons of the late Middle Ages, the course will provide background for understanding current events such as the Syrian Civil War and the Eurozone financial crisis. P
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