The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000

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Were the Dark Ages truly the lost centuries they are so often portrayed as? How could a world so profoundly shaped by Rome and encompassing such remarkable societies as the Byzantine, Carolingian, and Ottonian empires be anything other than central to the development of Europe? In the Inheritance of Rome, award-winning historian Chris Wickham defies the conventional view of the centuries between AD 400 and 1000 with a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship.

From Ireland to Constantinople, the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the narrative constructs a vivid portrait of the vast and varied world of Goths, Franks, Vandals, Arabs, Saxons, and Vikings. Groundbreaking and full of fascinating revelations, The Inheritance of Rome offers a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143117421
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 211,125
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Wickham is Chichele Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford and a fellow of All Souls College. His book Framing the Middle Ages won the Wolfson Prize, the Deutscher Memorial Prize, and the James Henry Breasted Prize of the American Historical Association. He lives in Oxford, England.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

List of Illustrations x

Acknowledgements xii

1 Introduction 3

Part I The Roman Empire and its Break-up, 400-550

2 The Weight of Empire 21

3 Culture and Belief in the Christian Roman World 50

4 Crisis and Continuity, 400-550 76

Part II The Post-Roman West, 550-750

5 Merovingian Gaul and Germany, 500-751 111

6 The West Mediterranean Kingdoms: Spain and Italy, 550-750 130

7 Kings without States: Britain and Ireland, 400-800 150

8 Post-Roman Attitudes: Culture, Belief and Political Etiquette, 550-750 170

9 Wealth, Exchange and Peasant Society 203

10 The Power of the Visual: Material Culture and Display from Imperial Rome to the Carolingians 232

Part III The Empires of the East, 550-1000

11 Byzantine Survival, 550-850 255

12 The Crystallization of Arab Political Power, 630-750 279

13 Byzantine Revival, 850-1000 298

14 From 'Abbasid Baghdad to Umayyad Córdoba, 750-1000 318

15 The State and the Economy: Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Networks, 600-1000 348

Part IV The Carolingian and Post-Carolingian West, 750-1000

16 The Carolingian Century, 751-887 375

17 Intellectuals and Politics 405

18 The Tenth-century Successor States 427

19 'Carolingian' England, 800-1000 453

20 Outer Europe 472

21 Aristocrats between the Carolingian and the 'Feudal' Worlds 508

22 The Caging of the Peasantry, 8oo-1000 529

23 Conclusion: Trends in European History, 400-1000 552

Notes and Bibliographic Guides 565

Index of Names and Places 623

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Forget Bauer, the Better Early Medieval History

    Accurate, detailed, up to date, and it will change the way you look at the immediate post-Roman world. Slightly more academic than most histories in the shop.

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