Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 / Edition 1

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Overview

The Roman empire tends to be seen as a whole. By contrast, the early middle ages tends to be seen as a collection of regional histories, roughly corresponding to modern nation states. As a result, early medieval history-writing is much more fragmented. There have been few convincing syntheses of socio-economic change in the post-Roman world since the 1930s. Although, in recent decades, the rise of early medieval archaelogy has transformed our knowledge of the period, this has been adequately integrated into wider syntheses anywhere. This book aims to change this.

In Framing the Early Middle Ages Chris Wickham combines documentary and archeological evidence together, and creates a comparative history of the period 400-800. He sets out thematic analyses 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, estate management, peasant society, rural settlement, cities, and exchange. These are discussed region by region, in a way not attempted before. Wickham argues that, without this, the broader development of Europe and the Mediterranean cannot be properly understood.

Earlier syntheses have taken the development of a single region as 'typical', with divergent developments presented as exceptions. Wickham's book aims to construct a sythesis based on a better understanding of differences and the reasons for them. Readers will want to read the book for its richness of detail, but the book is also a more ambitious synthesis of the period than any previous work.

About the Author:
Chris Wickham isChichele Professor of Medieval History at All Souls College, Oxford

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a book and a subject with a pedigree that demands the closest attention.... a tour de force.... Wickham'snds Framing the Early Middle Ages may be the last great historical work of the last century."--The New Republic

"History doesn't get any better.... More than almost any history I've read, Wickham's manages to be at once grand and rigorous. In its adroit and confident treatment of an array of subjects and disciplines, and in its exhaustive bibliography, this book, like Brown's [Rise of Western Christendom], has encapsulated and synthesized a burgeoning field of scholarship at the point of perhaps its greatest creativity."--Benjamin Schwarz, he Atlantic Monthly

"For all its great range, its methodological self-awareness, its deployment of precise and often closely analysed data from many disciplines and kinds of source, there is hardly a page of Framing the Early Middle Ages which a newcomer to the period would not find accessible, indeed warmly welcoming, in the informality of its tone, the scrupulous articulation of its reasoning and its care not to presume on the prior knowledge of the reader.... It raises the bar for all future discussion of large-scale historical change, and not just for this period, but it also shows us how we may occasionally scramble over it."--Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199212965
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/8/2007
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1024
  • Sales rank: 1,188,346
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Wickham received his DPhil from Oxford in 1975. He has taught at the University of Birmingham since then and is currently Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford. He has been editor of Past and Present since 1995.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I States
2 Geography and politics 17
3 The form of the state 56
Pt. II Aristocratic power-structures
4 Aristocracies 153
5 Managing the land 259
6 Political breakdown and state-building in the North 303
Pt. III Peasantries
7 Peasants and local societies : case studies 383
8 Rural settlement and village societies 442
9 Peasant society and its problems 519
Pt. IV Networks
10 Cities 591
11 Systems of exchange 693
12 General conclusions 825
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