Most students find this chapter very manageable. Much of it is familiar to many, and we tend to know the geography pretty well. On the other hand, the early days of the catholic church, the Eastern orthodox church, the new empires of Byzantium and the Kievian Rus are generally unfamiliar to us. But make no mistake, they are both important in their time, but also in our time.
As Strayer reminded us, look for characteristics of these times, in these places, that might give us clues to the future dominance of the West.
Remember, in this course, hard work pays off in direct results. Let's make this a good one!