Europe after Rome: A New Cultural History, 500-1000 / Edition 1

Europe after Rome: A New Cultural History, 500-1000 / Edition 1

by Julia Smith
     
 

Europe after Rome: A New Cultural History 500-1000 is the first single-author study in more than fifty years to offer an integrated appraisal of the early Middle Ages as a dynamic and formative period in European history. Written in an attractive and accessible style, the book makes extensive use of original sources in order to introduce early medieval men and

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Europe after Rome: A New Cultural History 500-1000 is the first single-author study in more than fifty years to offer an integrated appraisal of the early Middle Ages as a dynamic and formative period in European history. Written in an attractive and accessible style, the book makes extensive use of original sources in order to introduce early medieval men and women at all levels of society—from slave to emperor—and allows them to speak to students in their own words. It overturns traditional narratives and instead offers an entirely fresh approach to the centuries from c.500 to c.1000.
Rejecting any notion of a dominant, uniform early medieval culture, Europe after Rome argues that the fundamental characteristic of the early middle ages is diversity of experience. To explain how the men and women who lived in this period ordered their world in cultural, social, and political terms, it employs an innovative methodology that combines cultural history, regional studies, and gender history. Ranging comparatively from Ireland to Hungary and from Scotland and Scandinavia to Spain and Italy, the analysis highlights three themes: regional variation, power, and the legacy of Rome. In the context of debates about the social, religious, and cultural meaning of "Europe" in the early twenty-first century, this book seeks the origins of European cultural pluralism and diversity in the early Middle Ages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192892638
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/23/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
667,253
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Fundamentals
1. Speaking and Writing
2. Living and Dying
Part II: Affinities
3. Friends and Relations
4. Men and Women
Part III: Resources
5. Labor and Lordship
6. Getting and Giving
Part IV: Ideologies
7. Kingship and Christianity
8. Rome and the Peoples of Europe
Epilogue

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