The Middle Ages in Western Europe. Began with the fall of Rome and lasted until the 15 th century Two general periods: 500-1000 Dark Ages Gradual recovery from the shock of Rome’s collapse 1000-1450 Late Middle Ages Growing interaction with other societies. Nomadic Invasions.
Two general periods:
Vikings used multi-oared long boats to travel along the North Atlantic Coast and inland rivers.
Vikings were raiders, but also merchants and fishermen
Vikings converted to Christianity
Feudalism: general term for the social, political and economic system that emerged
(banishment from the Church)
Contact with other regions &
challenges to traditional medieval society
Look at the impact of increased trade. How would this undercut manorialism?
Women in Western Europe compared to Islamic societies:
Feudal society compared to Japan
Development of individual nation-states (England & France) as opposed to centralized empire in China