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Framing the early Middle Ages : Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800

Author: Chris Wickham
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Framing the early middle ages Chris Wickham links documentary and archaeological evidence together, and creates a comparative history of the period 400-800. He sets out thematic analysis of each of the regions of the latest Roman and immediately post-Roman world, from Denmark to Egypt. The book concentrates on classic socio-economic themes: states and their funding, the wealth and identity of the aristocracy,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Wickham
ISBN: 0199212961 9780199212965 019926449X 9780199264490
OCLC Number: 70764463
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Awards: Winner of Wolfson Literary Award for History 2006.
Description: xxviii, 990 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: States --
Geography and politics --
The form of the state --
Aristocratic power-structures --
Aristocracies --
Managing the land --
Political breakdown and state-building in the North --
Peasantries --
Peasants and local societies: case studies --
Rural settlement and village societies --
Peasant society and its problems --
Networks --
Cities --
Systems of exchange --
General conclusions.
Responsibility: Chris Wickham.
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The Roman empire tends to be seen as a whole whereas the early middle ages tends to be seen as a collection of regional histories, roughly corresponding to the land-areas of modern nation states.  Read more...

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a tremendous achievement, demonstrating mastery over half a dozen fields of scholarship. David Abulafia, THES Wickham's work is groundbreaking ... Some of his conclusions may and should be debated, Read more...

 
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