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The inheritance of Rome : a history of Europe from 400 to 1000.

Author: Chris Wickham
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin, 2009.
Series: Penguin history of Europe, 2.
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Historian Chris Wickham defies conventional views of the "Dark Ages" in European history with a work of rigorous yet accessible scholarship. Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham argues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity. Far from being a "middle" period between more significant epochs,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Wickham
ISBN: 9780713994292 0713994290 9780140290141 0140290141
OCLC Number: 861291849
Description: xi : 650 pages
Contents: I. THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND ITS BREAKUP, 400-550. The weight of empire --
Culture and belief in the Christian Roman world --
Crisis and continuity, 400-550 --
II. THE POST-ROMAN WEST, 550-750. Merovingian Gaul and Germany, 500-751 --
The West Mediterranean kingdoms: Spain and Italy, 550-750 --
Kings without states: Britain and Ireland, 400-800 --
Post-Roman attitudes: culture, belief and political etiquette, 550-750 --
Wealth, exchange and peasant society --
The power of the visual: material culture and display from Imperial Rome to the Carolingians --
III. THE EMPIRES OF THE EAST, 550-1000. Byzantine survival, 550-850 --
The crystallization of Arab political power, 630-750 --
Byzantine revival, 850-1000 --
From 'Abbasid Baghdad to Umayyad Cordoba, 750-1000 --
The state and the economy: Eastern Mediterranean exchange networks, 600-1000 --
IV. THE CAROLINGIAN AND POST-CAROLINGIAN WEST, 750-1000. The Carolingian century, 751-887 --
Intellectuals and politics --
The 10th-century successor states --
'Carolingian' England, 800-1000 --
Outer Europe --
Aristocrats between the Carolingian and the 'Feudal' worlds --
The caging of the peasantry, 800-1000 --
Trends in European history, 400-1000.
Series Title: Penguin history of Europe, 2.

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The world known as the 'Dark Ages', often seen as a time of barbarism, was in fact the crucible in which modern Europe would be created. This book shows how this period, encompassing peoples such as  Read more...

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A work of tremendous authority and breadth. With this book, as with Charlemagne's empire, one feels that an extraordinary range of things have been brought together -- Noel Malcolm Sunday Telegraph Read more...

 
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