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Medieval Europe

Author: Chris Wickham
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2017. ©2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long and hugely transformative period--one not easily chronicled within the scope of a few hundred pages. Yet distinguished historian Chris Wickham has taken up the challenge in this landmark book, and he succeeds in producing the most riveting account of medieval Europe in a generation. Tracking the entire sweep of the Middle  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Wickham
ISBN: 0300228821 9780300228823
OCLC Number: 971913063
Description: vii, 335 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: A new look at the middle ages --
Rome and its western successors, 500-750 --
Crisis and transformation in the east, 500-850/1000 --
The Carolingian experiment, 750-1000 --
The expansion of Christian Europe, 500-1100 --
Reshaping western Europe, 1000-1150 --
The long economic boom, 950-1300 --
The ambiguities of political reconstruction, 1150-1300 --
1204 : the failure of alternatives --
Defining society : gender and community in late medieval Europe --
Money, war and death, 1350-1500 --
Rethinking politics, 1350-1500 --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Chris Wickham.

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"A dazzling race through a complex millennium."--Publishers Weekly"A thorough survey of the European continent in the time between antiquity and modernity. . . . Far-ranging, fluent, and Read more...

 
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