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




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The summer session course continues its exploration. 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 included 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. Religious, social, economic and philosophical forces also helped shape all the above. This should make your next trip to Europe more interesting.

Instructor: Ed Woodson     Coordinator: Barry Escoe

Tech Coordinator: Bob Newcomb