Faculty Profile

Stephen Weinberger

Robert Coleman Professor of History (1969)

Contact Information

weinberg@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 217
717.245.1500

Bio

His teaching interests center on medieval and Renaissance history, European intellectual history, and the history of film. His current research involves conflict in medieval society, and censorship in the American film industry.

Education

  • B.A., Northeastern University, 1965
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1966
  • Ph.D., 1969

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

HIST 105 Medieval Europe
This survey course will study the development of European civilization during the period ca.300 to 1300. It will consider the impact of such events as the decline of the Roman Empire, the Germanic invasions, the development of Christianity and the Church, the emergence of feudalism, the expansion of Islam and the Crusades, and the creation of romantic literature.

FLST 210 The Cold War and Film
Cross-listed with HIST 211-02.Additional time slot: Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm in Denny 317 for optional film viewing.The Cold War, which dominated much of the second half of the twentieth century, was a struggle to determine which political and economic system would prevail throughout the world - that of Communist Russia or Capitalist America. These conditions also gave rise to a remarkable period of filmmaking (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Doctor Strangelove, On the Waterfront, and The Lives of Others.) This course will focus on the major events of the Cold War and the important films it inspired.

HIST 211 The Cold War and Film
Cross-listed with FLST 210-01.Additional time slot: Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm in Denny 317 for optional film viewing.The Cold War, which dominated much of the second half of the twentieth century, was a struggle to determine which political and economic system would prevail throughout the world - that of Communist Russia or Capitalist America. These conditions also gave rise to a remarkable period of filmmaking (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Doctor Strangelove, On the Waterfront, and The Lives of Others.) This course will focus on the major events of the Cold War and the important films it inspired.

HIST 223 Renaissance Europe
A study of prevailing conditions (social, economic, political, and cultural) in western Europe with particular attention given to the achievements and failures of the Renaissance. Offered every other year.

Spring 2016

MEST 200 The Crusades
Cross-listed with HIST 213-01. While warfare has always played an important role in Western life, beginning in the latter part of the eleventh century, there emerged new ideas about the purpose of war, against whom it should properly be conducted, and its importance for those who engaged in it. Referred to as the crusades, these wars were presented as a moral and righteous struggle against the enemies of God. Indeed, as a holy undertaking, the crusades were not merely justified, but justifying and spiritually beneficial for those who participated in them. By reading primary sources from the four groups involved in the crusades Western Christians, Jews, Byzantine Greeks, and Moslems we shall address a number of questions about this phenomenon. What, if anything did the crusades achieve? Was the Church and Christianity improved or harmed by its involvement in the crusades? Does extreme idealism inevitably lead to extreme intolerance and fanaticism?

FLST 201 History of Film
Cross-listed with HIST 279-01.

HIST 213 The Crusades
Cross-listed with MEST 200-01. While warfare has always played an important role in Western life, beginning in the latter part of the eleventh century, there emerged new ideas about the purpose of war, against whom it should properly be conducted, and its importance for those who engaged in it. Referred to as the crusades, these wars were presented as a moral and righteous struggle against the enemies of God. Indeed, as a holy undertaking, the crusades were not merely justified, but justifying and spiritually beneficial for those who participated in them. By reading primary sources from the four groups involved in the crusades Western Christians, Jews, Byzantine Greeks, and Moslems we shall address a number of questions about this phenomenon. What, if anything did the crusades achieve? Was the Church and Christianity improved or harmed by its involvement in the crusades? Does extreme idealism inevitably lead to extreme intolerance and fanaticism?

HIST 279 The History of Film
Cross-listed with FLST 201-01.

HIST 500 Independent Study

MEST 550 Independent Research