HIST230 - WAR & CONQUEST IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE

Description: 
This course will focus on wars of conquest in the medieval period. The code of chivalry demanded that knights not only display great prowess in battle, but also adhere to Christian virtue. How did these square in practice? What constitutes acceptable violence and military intervention? We will seek to understand the medieval mentality of warfare in order to think about the place of war in society, how war was justified, why war was fought, and how it was fought. War, however, cannot be separated from its goals. We will thus go beyond the battlefield to look at how conquest of territories was cemented with the establishment and enforcement of a new order. Themes will include the rise of knighthood, ideas of just war, crusade, laws of war, territorial control and colonization. The course will also include two fabulous field trips to visit Penn’s manuscript collection and the arms and armor collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Instructors: 
KUSKOWSKI, ADA
Day and Time: 
R 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 

COLLEGE HALL 217

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS