Investigates the world of the first medieval emperor Charles “the Great” or Charlemagne (768-814). Focuses on the question of how Charlemagne and his dynasty, the “Carolingians” (ruled 751-888), forged a vast empire out of the diverse peoples and territories of Europe: not only through conquests and military might, but also through Christianity and the Church, education and literacy, government and law, art and architecture, and a fundamental reorganization of the economy and society. Considers the enduring contributions of Charlemagne and his family to the formation of Europe as well as the shortcomings and failures of their empire.
Instructor: E. Goldberg
W EVE 7-10