The Distorted Past: A Re-interpretation of Europe

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This book turns the received wisdom of European history inside out. From discussions of the Gothic, Hun and Vandal invasions and the fall of the Roman Empire, through other great events and issues of European history, Josep Fontana re-examines the traditional acceptance of such ideas as classical heritage, medieval Christendom, reformation and counter-reformation, absolutism, and the idea of progress. At the same time he draws attention to the existence and validity of dissidence, rebellion and variety which are,...

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Overview

This book turns the received wisdom of European history inside out. From discussions of the Gothic, Hun and Vandal invasions and the fall of the Roman Empire, through other great events and issues of European history, Josep Fontana re-examines the traditional acceptance of such ideas as classical heritage, medieval Christendom, reformation and counter-reformation, absolutism, and the idea of progress. At the same time he draws attention to the existence and validity of dissidence, rebellion and variety which are, for him, identifying marks of Europe.

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"... an excellent counterpoint to traditional Western civilization texts .... Highly recommended for libraries at all levels." Social & Behavioural Sciences
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... an excellent counterpoint to traditional Western civilization texts.... Highly recommended for libraries at all levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631176220
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/16/1995
  • Series: Making of Europe Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Josep Fontana was born in Barcelona in 1931. He has taught contemporary and economic history at the universities of Barcelona, Valencia and Autonoma de Barcelona. He is currently director of the nstitut Universitari d'Historia Jaume Vicens Vives of the Universal Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). Among his other publications are La crisis del Antiguo RĂ©gimen (1988) and La historia despues del fin de la historia. Reflexiones acerca de la situacion actual de le ciencia historica (1992).

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Table of Contents

1. The Barbarian Mirror.

2. The Christian Mirror.

3. The Feudal Mirror.

4. The Devil's Mirror.

5. The Rural Mirror.

6. The Courtly Mirror.

7. The Savage Mirror.

8. The Mirror of Progress.

9. The Mirror of the Mob.

10. Outside the Hall of Mirrors.

Annotated Bibliography of Essential References.

Index.

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