57 Overview: Latin West Civilization During the Middle Ages

This chapter introduces students to Western European civilization during the Middle Ages. Students will determine what cultural artifacts and what architecture from the Carolingian, Gothic and Romanesque eras tell us about their historical contexts. Students will demonstrate understanding of cultural expressions by noting how the art produced by Western Europeans during the Middle Ages compared with their Byzantine neighbors. Students will recognize the contributions made by Western Europeans during the Middle Ages with respect to the reintroduction the democratic ideals in the West and the birth of the nation-state. Students demonstrate critical thinking by assessing how appropriate it is to refer to the Middle Ages as the ‘Dark Ages’.(1)

Chapter Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  1. Sort events in chronological order from Middle Age Western European civilization.
  2. Identify the historical developments that resulted from the collapse of the Roman Empire in Western Europe.
  3. Identify economic, political, and religious continuities and changes in Western Europe throughout the Middle Ages.
  4. Identify artistic and architecture during the Middle Ages, including the Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic eras.
  5. Compare Western European and Byzantine civilizations during the Middle Ages.(1)


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