Course: Economic History of Middle Ages

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Course title Economic History of Middle Ages
Course code KHI/HDS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Stejskal Jan, doc. Mgr. M.A., Ph.D.
  • Somer Tomáš, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
What is economy in the Middle Ages and how is it important? The heritage of Ancient Europe. Self-sufficient society and its downfall. How the monetary systems worked in the Middle Ages and its problems. Long-distance commerce in the Middle Ages. The cost of war - from retainers to mercenaries. How the civic society changed the medieval Europe. Demographical crisis and the economy in the Middle Ages.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Attendace - 24 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 48 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course deals with the economy of the Middle Ages in its complexity. Student will be familiarized with the problem, what exactly economy in the Middle Ages is, starting in the end of ancient times till the beginning of early modern period. The student will learn about economy on the regional basis (how self-sufficient communities worked) as well as about the long distance commerce. Another goal of this course is to familiarize the student with commerce and monetary systems in the middle ages (numismatics in the broader sense).
The graduate from this course is capable of orientation in fundamental trends of medieval economy including the knowledge of up-to-date literature. He is capable of the correct interpretation of (mostly) medieval sources concerning this field.
Basic knowledge of the history of Middle Ages is required as well as elementary orientation in the field of numismatics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Student performance

Active participation in lessons, max. 2 unexcused absences. The student will be prepared for the courses. Passing the credit test. Passing the final exam.
Recommended literature
  • Bartlett, R. C. (1993). The making of Europe: conquest, colonization and cultural change 950-1350. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.
  • Duby, Georges. (1974). The Early Growth of the European Economy. Warriors and Peasants from the seventh to the twelfth century. Ithaca.
  • Jordan, William Chester. (1996). The Great Famine. Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century. Princeton.
  • Spufford, Peter. (2003). Power and Profit. The Mechant in Medieval Europe. New Yourk.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts History (2012) History courses - Winter
Faculty of Arts History (2012) History courses - Winter