Understanding the Middle Ages
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Understanding the Middle Ages

Simple ways to explain the Middle Ages
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Created by Dmytro Bekas
Last updated 5/2017
English
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What Will I Learn?
  • You will be able to develop your knowledge about the Middle Ages.
  • You will know key points of medieval history and discover causes and connection between historical events and their aftermath during the Middle Ages.
  • You will have a better understanding of the social and political environment of the period
  • You will better understand motives and lifestyle of medieval people.
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Requirements
  • Any knowledge of the Middle Ages is helpful, but not required
  • Students should have a keen interest in history and an enthusiasm to learn
Description

The purpose of the course is to clarify key points of medieval history and discover causes and connection between historical  events  and  their  aftermath during the Middle Ages

At the end of this course students will be able to develop their knowledge about the Middle Ages. They  will have a better understanding of the social and political environment of the period as well as motives and lifestyle of medieval people.

My course consists of 6 sections and 12 lectures:
Introduction(motivation, purpose of the course)
Сollapse of the Roman Empire (Impact of the Roman Empire,Economy and social life, Barbarization, Crisis of authority)
Middle Ages( The main features of the Middle Ages)
Early Middle Ages (The Byzantine Empire and the Rise of Islam, Frankish Empire, Vikings, Turkic tribes, Slavs and Hungarians)
High Middle Ages (The main characteristics of the High Middle Ages)
Late Middle Ages ( The main characteristics of the Late Middle Ages )
Conclusions

So enjoy your learning and find out simple ways to understand the Middle Ages.


Who is the target audience?
  • Persons with an interest in the Middle Ages, History students
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
01:23:00
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Introduction
1 Lecture 04:50

Introduction(motivation, purpose of the course)

Preview 04:50
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Collapse of the Roman Empire
4 Lectures 20:34

Students will understand importance of heritage and impact of the Roman Empire on medieval and even modern Europe.

Preview 02:44

Students will know the main features of economy and social life of  the Late Roman Empire. 

Keywords: crisis of slavery, colanate, patron and client, financial crisis, natural economy, localism, coinage devaluation.

 

Preview 05:29

Spreading of barbarian culture, political tradition in the Roman Empire. Keywords: barbarization of army (Foederatus), barbarian  lifestyle, Vulgar Latin, crisis of Rome traditional religions(imperial cult, Christianity).

Barbarization
07:27

Keywords: Crisis of the Third Century (Military Anarchy or the Imperial Crisis), split of the Roman Empire, Migration Period (Barbarian Invasions), Barbarian Kingdoms, sack of Rome, fall of the Western Roman Empire.

Crisis of  authority
04:54
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Middle Ages
1 Lecture 11:11

Keywords:chronology of the Middle Ages, feudalism, natural economy, system of land ownership and duties, vassal, "golden rule" of feudalism - " The vassal of my vassal is not my vassal",  Church,  Investiture Controversy (Investiture Contest).

The main features of the Middle Ages
11:11
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Early Middle Ages
3 Lectures 17:28

Students will discover the history of  the Byzantine Empire and Islam. Keywords:split of the Roman Empire, Orthodox Christianity, Byzantine culture, Byzantine political tradition, Justinian, Macedonian dynasty, "Golden Age" of Byzantium.
The Islamic empire (The Caliphate), Islamic Golden Age, Reconquista, Muslims (Moors).

The Byzantine Empire and the Rise of Islam
06:56

Students will understand special role of the Frankish Empire in Medieval Europe.
Keywords: Germanic tribes, Merovingian dynasty, Clovis I, Roman Gaul (Gallia), majordomo, Charles Martel, the Battle of Tours, Pepin the Short, Carolingian dynasty, Charlemagne, the Treaty of Verdun, Lothar, Louis the German, Charles the Bald, Carolingian Renaissance.

Frankish Empire
04:33

Students will see Vikings, Turkic tribes, Slavs and Hungarians as an important factor of the Early Middle Ages.
Keywords: Scandinavia, traders, pirates, mercenaries, invaders,  explorers, Rurik dynasty, Kievan Rus, Normandy, Danelaw.
Turkic people, Hunnic Empire, Avar Kaganate, Khazar Kaganate, Bulgars, Volga-Don steppes, northern Caucasus.
Slavs, the Great Migration of the Slavs, Great Moravia, Polish state, Duchy of Bohemia, Serbian Principality, Duchy of Croatia, First Bulgarian Empire.
Hungarians, Finno- Ugric people, Ural Mountains, Pannonia, “Conquest of the Homeland“. 

Vikings, Turkic tribes, Slavs and Hungarians
05:59
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High Middle Ages
1 Lecture 10:25

Students will know the main events and features of the High Medieval Period.
Keywords: increasing of population, urbanization, stable economy development, scientific and philosophical revival, Crusades, ethnocentrism, Manorialism, feudal fragmentation, Cathars, the  State of the Teutonic Order, the Livonian Brothers of the Sword. 

The main characteristics of the High Middle Ages
10:25
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Late Middle Ages
1 Lecture 09:48

Students will know the main events and features of the Late Medieval Period.
Keywords: Crisis of the Late Middle Ages, series of famines and plagues, reducing of population, social unrest and warfare, genesis of capitalism,  the Hundred Years' War, the Wars of the Roses, formation of strong centralized states, the  fall of Constantinople.

The main characteristics of the Late Middle Ages
09:48
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Conclusions
1 Lecture 08:44
Conclusions
08:44
About the Instructor
Dmytro Bekas
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My name is Dmytro and  I have more than 15 years of experience in teaching History. As an instructor at Udemy I would like to share my knowledge and my understanding of History. As a teacher I like to explain difficult things in a way anyone can understand. Hope my courses will be useful for you.