Introduction to Early Medieval Western Europe, 300 900: The Sword, the Plough and the Book

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März 2005



Studying European history, this textbook combines an account of the historical background of the period with discussion of the social, economic, cultural and political structures of the societies within it. It contains chapter summaries; key topic essays discussing archaeological evidence; illustrations from archaeological finds; and more.


Preface and acknowledgements. Introduction: Rome, the Barbarians and the Fate of Western Europe Part I The Transformation of the Roman West 1. A new Roman Order: State, Church and Society in the Late Empire 2. Barbarians, the Roman Frontier and the Crisis of the Western Empire 3. The Fifth-Century West and the 'Fall of Rome' Part II The End of the Ancient Mediterranean 4. The Western Mediterranean in the Age of 'Reconquest' 5. Arabs, Avars and Amphoras: Causes and Consequences of Imperial Collapse Part III Kingdoms and Communities in the Post-Roman West 6. Hispania and Italy: Contrasting Communities 7. Gaul and Germany: the Merovingian World 8. Britain and Ireland: Kings and Peoples Part IV The Carolingian Moment: Western Europe in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries 9. 'The invincible race of the Franks': Conquest, Christianisation and Carolingian Kingship 10.'Peace, unity and concord among the Christian people': Carolingian Order and its Architects 11. Paradoxes of Empire: Western Europe in the Ninth Century. Epilogue: The Sword, The Plough and The Book. Index.


Matthew Innes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published widely on the social, political and cultural history of early medieval Europe. His book State and Society in the Early Middle Ages won the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone Historical Book Prize in 2000 and his research was recognized by the award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2004.


'Matthew Innes' new survey fills a nagging void for teachers of early medieval history ... He engages in a dialogue with the sources and literature and with his audience as well ... leading students to an appreciation of current views and competing scholarly interpretations ... The bibliographical essays are a superb introduction to the literature of the field, invaluable to introductory and advanced students as well as seasoned professionals.' "- John McCulloh, Kansas State University".
EAN: 9780415215060
ISBN: 0415215064
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2005
Seitenanzahl: 568 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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