Robert W. StrayerWays of the World: A Brief Global
History with Sources
Second Edition
Chapter 10
The Worlds of Christendom: Contraction, Expansion,
and Division, 500–1300Copyright © 2013 by Bedford/St. Martin’s I. Christian Contraction in Asia and
Africa
A. Asian Christianity
1. The challenge of Islam, yet many cases of tolerance
2. Nestorian Christians in the Middle East and China
3. Mongols and Christians I. Christian Contraction in Asia and
Africa
B. African Christianity
1. Coptic Church in Egypt
2. Nubia
3. Ethiopia II. Byzantine Christendom: Building on
the Roman Past
A. The Byzantine State
1. A smaller but more organized Roman Empire
2. Wealth and splendor of the court
3. Under attack from the West and East, 1085–1453 II. Byzantine Christendom: Building on
the Roman Past
B. The Byzantine Church and Christian Divergence
1. Caesaropapism
2. Intense internal theological debates
3. Orthodox/Catholic divide
4. Impact of the Crusades II. Byzantine Christendom: Building on
the Roman Past
C. Byzantium and the World
1. Conflicts with Persians, Arabs, and Turks
2. Long-distance trade, coins, and silk production
3. Preservation of Greek learning
4. Slavic world and Cyrillic script II. Byzantine Christendom: Building on
the Roman Past
D. The Conversion of Russia
1. Kievan Rus
2. Prince Vladimir of Kiev
3. Doctrine of a “third Rome” III. Western Christendom: Rebuilding in
the Wake of Roman Collapse
A. Political Life in Western Europe, 500–1000
1. What was lost with the fall of Rome2. What aspects of Rome survived3. Charlemagne as a Roman emperor, 800 III. Western Christendom: Rebuilding in
the Wake of the Roman Collapse
B. Society and the Church
1. Feudalism and Serfdom
2. Role of the Roman Catholic Church
3. Spreading the faith
4. Conflicts between church and state III. Western Christendom: Rebuilding in
the Wake of the Roman Collapse
C. Accelerating Change in the West…

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