課程包括三小時的期末考試。在學期中，學生需繳交兩篇短篇討論報告(各一頁)， 以及三篇主要論文(各六頁)。討論報告於第三和第十一堂課繳交，論文則在第八、 十四和十八堂課繳交，報告題材必須和當週閱讀資料相關。學生首篇論文內容需根據第一份討論報告題目加以衍生擴充，最後兩篇論文則與繳交前指定讀物的主題相關。更多細節與資料將於課堂上告知。
Geoffrey Hawthom著,《生活的水平: Tanner演講集》, 劍橋：劍橋大學出版社 1987.
Robert Lopez著 《中世紀時期的商業革命: 西元950-1350年》, 劍橋, 英格蘭：劍橋大學出版社, 1976.
中譯本: 荳蔻的故事 : 香料如何改變世界歷史? / 吉爾斯.彌爾頓(Giles Milton)著; 王國璋譯. 臺北市 : 究竟, 2001[民90]
Kenneth Pomeranz與 Steven Topik著 《貿易所創造的世界》. Armonk, 紐約： M.E. Sharpe 出版, 1999.
This course will survey the conditions of material life and the changing social and economic relations in medieval Europe with reference to the comparative context of contemporary Islamic, Chinese, and central Asian experiences. Subject covers the emergence and decline of feudal institutions, the transformation of peasant agriculture, living standards and the course of epidemic disease, and the ebb and flow of long-distance trade across the Eurasian system. Particular emphasis will be placed on the study of those factors, both institutional and technological, which have contributed to the emergence of capitalist organization and economic growth in western Europe in contrast to the trajectories followed by the other major medieval economies.
This course has a scheduled three hour final exam. In addition, each student will be expected to write two very short (1 page each) discussion papers, and three substantive essays (6 pages each) over the course of the term. The discussion papers will be due in Class #3 and Class #11, and the longer essays will be due in Class #8, Class #14, and Class #18. The discussion papers should pertain to the reading assigned for the week they are due. Students will be asked to write their first essay on a common assigned topic which will expand on their first discussion paper. The last two essays will be on general themes relevant to the reading we have done just prior to the due dates. More specific information on these themes will be given in class.
No internet sources should be consulted for your papers, other than those which are either primary source collections, or are academically refereed sites. If you are unsure about a site, please consult me prior to using it. If used, all internet sources must be properly footnoted and cited in your bibliography at the end of your paper just as for any other type of source. Plagiarism from any kind of source will not be tolerated. Cheating earns an automatic F (0%) for the assignment. Moreover, all cases of cheating will be reported to the COD for their consideration of the appropriate disciplinary action to take with the student involved. If you are unsure what plagiarism is please see the MIT Online Writing Communication Center. If you are still uncertain, please see me.
MIT’s academic honesty policy can be found at the following link: http://web.mit.edu/policies/10.0.html.
20% for each paper -- total of 60%
5% for the two discussion papers
20% for final exam
15% for class participation -- demonstrating mastery of the assigned readings.
Late Paper and Un-excused Absence Policy
Late papers will be accepted without penalty in the case of a medical emergency or some other type of emergency which has been brought to my attention in advance. Otherwise, late papers will be graded down 5% points for each day they are late. Students are expected to attend every class. Two un-excused absences will be permitted without penalty. However, each un-excused absence above two will result in your final grade being lowered by 2% points. If you know in advance that you must travel during the week for professional reasons, please see me as soon as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements.
Books for Purchase
Hawthorn, Geoffrey, ed. The Standard of Living: Tanner Lectures. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
Lopez, Robert. The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages, 950-1350. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1976.
Milton, Giles. Nathaniel's Nutmeg. New York: Penguin, 2000.
Pomeranz, Kenneth, and Steven Topik. The World that Trade Created. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1999.