The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture [3 volumes]

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture [3 volumes]

by Joyce Salisbury, Nancy Sullivan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313338019

ISBN-13: 9780313338014

Pub. Date: 12/30/2008

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The period we know as the Middle Ages, roughly the years 400–1400, saw the formation of ideas and institutions that mark modern societies. Developments as disparate as the foundation of Islam and the emergence of the middle class occurred during this pivotal millennium. Although historical study of the Middle Ages has traditionally focused on Western Europe,

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The period we know as the Middle Ages, roughly the years 400–1400, saw the formation of ideas and institutions that mark modern societies. Developments as disparate as the foundation of Islam and the emergence of the middle class occurred during this pivotal millennium. Although historical study of the Middle Ages has traditionally focused on Western Europe, modern historians recognize the complex global nature of this era. For all major world regions, this three-volume work offers in-depth essays on broad themes, short entries on specific topics, and carefully selected primary documents to help readers more fully understand this critically important period.

Edited by Joyce Salisbury, who is general editor of the award-winning Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life, and written by Professor Salisbury and a series of prominent historians with regional expertise, Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture comprises three volumes covering the following areas of the globe:

Volume 1:Europe and the Americas

Volume 2: Islam and Africa

Volume 3: Asia and Oceania

Each regional section comprises seven in-depth essays covering the following broad topics and concluding with bibliographies of important and current information resources: Historical Overview of the Region, Religion, Economy, The Arts, Society, Science and Technology, and Global Ties. The Global Ties essays trace the political, social, economic, religious, technological, or commercial connections that existed between the region under discussion and any other world regions during the Middle Ages. Each regional section also includes a series of brief entries covering people, events, developments, and concepts mentioned in the in-depth essays.

Examples of entry topics include the following: Berbers, Emperor Harsha, Ethiopian Christianity, Flowery Warfare, Footbinding, Hildegard of Bingen, Jainism, Jihad, Maya Collapse, Neo-Confucianism, Romanesque, and Sharia.

A series of sidebars in each section will provide lists, graphs, charts, and other useful data relating to the region. Each section will also be illustrated and will include a selection of interesting primary documents that further illustrate the main themes addressed in the in-depth essays. Cross-references within the sections and a detailed subject index will also help readers access information in the essays and short entries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313338014
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Pages:
1016
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 3.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface for Users of Global Medieval Life and Culture

VOLUME 1

1. Europe

Chronology

Maps

Overview and Topical Essays

Short Entries: People, Ideas, Events, and Terms

Primary Documents

Appendix: Dynasties of Medieval Europe

2. The Americas

Chronology

Maps

Overview and Topical Essays

Short Entries: People, Ideas, Events, and Terms

Primary Documents

Appendix: Mesoamerican Rulers and Historical Periods

VOLUME 2

1. Africa

Chronology

Maps

Overview and Topical Essays

Short Entries: People, Ideas, Events, and Terms

Primary Documents

Appendix: Dynasties of Medieval Africa

2. North Africa and the Middle East

Chronology

Maps

Overview and Topical Essays

Short Entries: People, Ideas, Events, and Terms

Primary Documents

Appendix: Medieval Islamic Caliphs

VOLUME 3

1. South Asia

Chronology

Maps

Overview and Topical Essays

Short Entries: People, Ideas, Events, and Terms

Primary Documents

Appendix: Dynasties of Medieval India

2. East Asia

Chronology

Maps

Overview and Topical Essays

Short Entries: People, Ideas, Events, and Terms

Primary Documents

Appendix: Dynasties of Medieval China, Rulers of Medieval Japan, and Chinese Inventions and Weights and Measures

3. Oceania

Chronology

Maps

Overview and Topical Essays

Short Entries: People, Ideas, Events, and Terms

Primary Documents

Appendix: Major Island Groups of Oceania

Index

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