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HIST312: Capitalism and Democracy in America

Unit 1: Origins of Capitalism and Democracy in Europe to 1500   This chapter will introduce you to European economic and political developments up to 1500, focusing specifically on Europe during the so-called “Dark Ages” (medieval period).  We will place particular emphasis on the close relationship between political and economic status, particularly under the feudal system; this is one of the course’s themes, so it is important to understand how European precedents shaped developments in America with regard to the eventual emergence of capitalism and democracy.

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit should take you 1 hour to complete.

☐    Subunit 1.1: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2: 0.5 hours

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Define and identify the term “feudalism” in medieval European history.
  • Identify the connections between the economic activity of cities and religious institutions in medieval European history.

1.1 European Society Circa 1500 - The Feudal System   - Lecture: WGBH Boston, Eugen Weber, The Western Tradition, Lecture 20, “Feudal Order” Link: WGBH Boston, Eugen Weber, The Western Tradition, Lecture 20, “The Feudal Order” (Adobe Flash)
 
Note: You must disable pop-up blockers before attempting to view the video.
 
Instructions: Please watch Professor Eugen Weber’s entire 30-minute lecture to get a sense for how feudalism worked.  After clicking the hyperlink, a new webpage should open.  Toggle down to the appropriate lecture and click the box labeled “VoD” on the right – this will open another box that will display the lecture.
 
About the link: This website an entire series of lectures produced by WGBH Boston called “The Western Tradition.”
 
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1.2 European Society Circa 1500 - Government and Religion   - Lecture: WGBH Boston, Eugen Weber, The Western Tradition, Lecture 22, “Cities and Cathedrals of the Middle Ages” Link: WGBH Boston, Eugen Weber, The Western Tradition, Lecture 22, Cities and Cathedrals of the Middle Ages (Adobe Flash)
 
Note: You must disable pop-up blockers before attempting to view the video.
 
Instructions: Please watch Professor Eugen Weber’s entire 30-minute lecture to get a sense of how church and state reinforced one another during the Middle Ages.  After clicking the hyperlink, a new webpage should open.  Toggle down to the appropriate lecture and click the box labeled “VoD” on the right – this will open another box that will display the lecture.
 
About the link: This website an entire series of lectures produced by WGBH Boston called “The Western Tradition.”

 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.