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An image of a miniature painting of the Bamberg Apocalypse, coloured and gilded
“What shall we do now?” This sentence, written by a beleagured monk and erstwhile poet, was written in the wake of the destruction caused by raids to his beloved city of Paris and its environs in the ninth century. This course will explore precisely this question: how did individuals and communities react to catastrophes of all shades in the Middle Ages? In this course, students will deeply examine the ways in which societies throughout the medieval world responded to crisis from c.500 to c.1500. Each section of the course will be arranged thematically, addressing ‘Crises of the City’, ‘Crises of the Body’, and ‘Crises of Faith.’ Throughout, the goal will be to investigate how manifold crises forced medieval societies to deliberate on proper responses and remedies, triggering intense debates about how to live and with whom to associate. This lecture course will draw on a diverse set of primary and secondary works in translation as well as material objects connected to these varied medieval cultures, introd

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HIST 241: Combating Crises in the Global Middle Ages

Image of the painting A Meeting of the School Trustees from 1885 by Robert Harris. Depicts a female schoolteacher addressing the seated male trustees.
Robert Harris, A Meeting of the School Trustees (1885), oil on canvas, 102.2 x 126.5 cm, NGC.

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HIST 439: Schooling Canadians
HIST 817

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HIST 817: Race and Gender in Modern U.S. History

Department of History, Queen's University

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Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.