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The Early Middle Ages: Europe 400-1000

by Rosamond McKitterick

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An uneven collection of chapters by different specialists that are intended to add up to a short but through overview of (western) Europe in the early middle ages, or 400 - 1000. Originally published in 2000 the book covers a period that has been much addressed in longer tomes by single authors in the years since - Chris Wickham, Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 and The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000; Peter Heather, The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders. In fact, Wickham's chapter in this book, on 'Society', is a good precis of his arguments in the Inheritance. I also found Jean-Pierre Devroey's chapter on 'The economy' provided a helpful overview. To the extent this volume is still worth reading, it's probably best as an overview or introduction to themes that have been explored in greater detail since its publication. ( )
  bezoar44 | Aug 27, 2016 |
A thematic history of Europe from 400 to 1000 AD. Chapters include: politics, religion, the economy, etc. In general, well-organized and readable, although the chapter on the early medieval economy is difficult to follow. ( )
  barlow304 | Dec 25, 2010 |
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The Early Middle Ages (400-1000) was one of the most dynamic and crucial periods in the formation of Europe. It covers the transition from the relatively diverse world of Roman Empire in late antiquity to the disparate world of early medieval Europe--where local differences assumed far greater significance, but where the institution of Latin Christianity lent coherence to the successor states. In this book, McKitterick and five other leading historians have collaborated closely to produce a set of thematic interpretations covering politics, society, economy, culture, religion, and Europe and the wider world. Military matters and warfare are treated within these chapters, reflecting their entrenchment in social, economic, and political structures. The definition of 'Europe' is ambiguous in this period, but for the most part 'Europe' coincides with the ever-expanding horizons of Latin Christendom. It also looks at crucial interactions with other areas, such as Scandinavia, eastern Europe, the Islamic Middle East and North Africa, and Byzantium. Providing a coherent view of the most important elements within the period, this book gives a sense of the complexities and excitements of six hundred years of transition.

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"This book provides a set of thematic interpretations of one of the most dynamic and crucial periods in the formation of Europe, covering the politics, society, economy, culture, and religion of the Early Middle Ages It focuses primarily on the territory of Latin Christian Europe, but also incorporates comparisons with other areas affected by Western European civilization, including Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Byzantium The Early Middle Ages offers an examination of the complexities and excitement of six hundred years of transition."--Jacket.… (more)

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