The military campaigns that comprised the Crusades lasted only two centuries, but their impact was far more lasting, and the post-medieval legacy of the Crusades continues to be a matter of debate. This course focuses on the European military expeditions to the Levant between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, attempting to understand these events and their consequences from a number of perspectives. Because a main goal of the class is to reconstruct the worlds of the crusaders (the world they came from, as well as the world they made in the Levant), students also gain some familiarity with premodern European society, the history of the Holy Land, medieval Christianity and Islam, theories of holy war in each faith tradition, and the history of interfaith relations. Includes a substantial final research paper.
Prerequisites: Students may not receive credit for both HIST 115 and HIST 307.