1)Please watch Crash Course(youtube): The Dark Ages…How Dark Were They, Really? In conjunction with the assigned documentaries and this brief video, please explain why we have a negative conception of the time period that was actually very productive and quite original in its nature? (hint, it has something to do with Classical Antiquity). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV7CanyzhZg&t=652s 2)Please read about the Crusades on SmartHistory. Explain how the Crusades reflected the European territorial expansion and helped establish the Western Catholic Church as a powerful and militarized player on political arena. https://smarthistory.org/medieval-europe-byzantium/the-crusades/