- To discuss ways in which the
Byzantine Empire influenced Slavic culture.
- To explain the role of the Cyrillic
alphabet and the Christianization of the Slavic people.
- To trace the development of the early
Russian princely states.
- To analyze the culture of the early
Turkic peoples of Central Asia (Seljuk and Ottoman Turks).
- To discuss the influence of Islam on
these early Turkic peoples.
- To explain the reasons why the
Ottoman Turks were finally able to conquer what was left of the