Wednesdays -The Development of Nations in Europe from the Crusades to the Great Plague
Instructor: Steve Pollack
The Development of Nations in Europe from the Crusades to the Great Plague: From the time of the Crusades, European nations such as France, England, Germany and Spain crystallized their territories and rule. In Eastern Europe, countries such as Hungary, Poland and Romania developed from Magyar and Viking heritage, and the Byzantine Empire fell to the Ottoman Empire, creating a need for European nations to find new trade routes to the East. In 1492, Spain expelled the Moors and the Jews, creating a new diaspora that sent the Moors to Northern Africa and the Jews to Northern Europe and to the Ottoman Empire that welcomed them with open arms. The Great Plague wiped out 30% of the population of Europe, leading the “rebirth” that we describe as the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration.