Honors’ Freshman Sequence
HHI 21: Identity: Self in the World
Monday, November 9
Medieval Contacts and Conflicts: Challenges to Identity
Text: chap. 16 (pp. 383-95).
1) Joinville (pp. 386-95)
a) What were the Crusades?
b) Why would partaking in them be so important for medieval Europeans?
2) Francis of Assisi (pp. 396-401)
What are stigmata? Why is it important?
3) Thomas Aquinas (pp. 378-85)
What are the limits of human reason? What then is left to humans when it fails?
Wednesday, November 11
Medieval Synthesis: Political and Legal Identities
Sources: The Common People (pp. 336-46)
The Common People (Capitulare de Villis and Charter of Liberties of Lorris in Johnson, pp 336-43)
1) According to these documents, what kinds of activities occupied the lives of the common folk?
2) What foods are available?
3) From reading the Charter of Liberties of Lorris, what did its inhabitants do for a living and what did they consider important?
Magna Carta (pp. 371-77) (Skim through this document)
Who is favored in this document? Why is that important?
Friday, November 13
Joint Session Two: The Spiritual Self
History: begin reading Trading Tastes, Introduction
Monday, November 16
Eurasian Contacts and their Impact on Asia
Text: Chap. 14 (pp. 324-42); chap. 15 (pp. 354-80), chap. 17 (pp. 410-31). Skim through the text and make sure to be able to know the following: China, Seljuk Turks, Mongols, Bubonic Plague, and Ottoman Turks.
Monograph: Trading Tastes, chaps. 1-2.
1) What is the difference between trade and commerce?
2) What are “spices”? For what are they used?
3) Why were they so expensive in the West?
4) What are the principal sources of salt?
5) Why is salt so important?
Wednesday, November 18
Eurasian Contacts and Their Impact on Europe
Text: chap. 16 (pp. 395-99)
Sources: Marco Polo (pp. 354-70)
Find examples from the text that show that China was an advanced civilization during the thirteenth century.
Monograph: Trading Tastes, chap. 4 (Silk)
1) How is silk produced?
2) Why is it so valuable?
3) Why did the “silk roads” form? Why were they important?
Friday, November 20
European Renaissance: Reconsidering Identities
Text: Chap. 16 (pp. 399-406)
1) What does the term “Renaissance” mean?
2) What were the expressions of “Renaissance” in Europe?
Sources: Mirandola (pp. 438-41). Skim.
Art History Exercise:
Study the following images:
Plague Victims Blessed by Priest
Doctor Treating Plague
Raphael, The Knight’s Dream
Pieter Brueghel, Triumph of Death
You have to get these addressed exactly, so I would suggest heading over to my web site (http://nagrait.tripod.com/history/id8.html), clicking on the discussion sheet and then clicking on the live links.
What makes some medieval and some Renaissance?