Units of Study

HSTY2668 - The Rise and Fall of the First Reich

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Lynette Olson


This unit examines Germany and its neighbours, 911-1272 A.D., from its rise out of Carolingian Europe into the Medieval 'Great Power' until the fall of the ambitious and frustrated Hohenstaufen Dynasty left a disunited Germany and what ultimately became 'neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire'. Included are Germany's prominent early medieval women and later mystic and composer Hildegard of Bingen; relationships with Italy, the Papacy and Eastern Europe; beautiful Ottonian art; brilliant literary development of Germanic and Arthurian legend.


1x2500wd essay (50%) and 1x2hr exam (40%) and tutorial participation (10%)


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 junior credit points of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies



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