Western Civilization I



Spring 2013

HIEU 2001

Western Civilization I

This course is a survey of western history from the ancient Near East (Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt) to Age of Religious Wars (ending with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648). A major theme of this course will be challenging the definition of “Western Civilization.” Topics will include the transfer of culture and values from the ancient world to Western Europe, the role of religion in society and the increasing dominance of Christianity, the medieval church, the growth of states and governments, changes in social structures, scientific developments throughout the ancient and medieval worlds, the arts, the Renaissance, and the Reformation. The investigation and interpretation of primary sources will be central to class discussions and written assignments. This class will meet twice per week; there will be three writing assignments, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

The required texts for this class are Noble, Straus, et al., Western Civilization: Beyond Boundaries, vol. I, 5th edition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin) and Brophy, Cole, et al., Perspectives from the Past: Primary Sources in Western Civilizations, vol. I, 4th edition (New York: W.W. Norton & Company). 



Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904



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