Dynasties, Wars and Nations—The Political Evolution of Europe From Feudalism to Monarchy to Democracy

Alternate Tuesdays • Noon-2 p.m. • Mackey AuditoriumEurope Map

September 18 • October 2, 16, 30 • November 13 • December 4


As medieval Europe emerged from the ancient period in the ruins of the Roman Empire, the need for political stability evolved into Feudalism and Manorialism with power going to local land barons. Eventually, Feudalism collapsed into monarchies as kings belonging to powerful dynasties usurped the power of the landed nobles. These dynasties include the Tudors, Stuarts, Hapsburgs, Bourbons, Romanovs and others. Finally, beginning in England with the rise of Parliament, there was a challenge to absolute monarchy and Europeans began to identify themselves politically as members of a nation. This pattern brought about the modern nations of England, France, Spain, Germany and Russia. Each nation added its own unique variation of the same pattern. There were also religious, social, economic and philosophical forces that helped shape all of the above. This should make your next trip to Europe more interesting.

Instructor : Ed Woodson     Coordinator : Barry Escoe