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The Early Middle Ages: The Birth of Europe / Edition 1

The Early Middle Ages: The Birth of Europe / Edition 1

by Lynette OlsonLynette Olson


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As a global perspective grows and Eurocentricism wanes, it becomes more important, not less, to see where Europe came from. In this fascinating study, Lynette Olson explores the original formation of Europe from the fall of Rome to the First Crusade, and covers every European region, including the British Isles. From a family trying to find out what happened to their missing kinswoman to Khan Boris negotiating the entry of Bulgaria into the club of civilised nations, vivid case studies provide supporting detail in a coherent analysis of a period of great cultural change and weak social organisation.

The Early Middle Ages
- adopts an easy-to-follow century by century format
- gives due attention to the female half of the population and the secular side of life
- demonstrates how, out of the triad of Islam, Byzantium and the West, the latter was considered the 'Third World' of its day
- features numerous maps, illustrations and a comprehensive Glossary.

Authoritative and approachable, this essential introduction to a formative era of European history will engage scholars and students alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403942098
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 01/15/2007
Edition description: 2006
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

LYNETTE OLSON is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, Australia, and has also taught at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures.- List of Illustrations.- Acknowledgements.- Prologue.- Introduction.- The Fifth Century: Kingdoms Replace the Western Roman Empire.- The Sixth Century: The West Goes Its Own Way.- The Seventh Century: Cultural Watershed.- The Eighth Century: Formation of the Core of Europe.- The Ninth Century: Expanding the Boundaries.- The Tenth Century: Nadir to Take-off.- The Eleventh Century: Transformation of Europe.- Epilogue.- Notes.- Glossary.- Primary Source Translations.- Index.

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In short, this book is detailed, sophisticated, and a pleasure to read. It is a necessary addition to all university libraries and history departments, and it should be consulted (if not added outright) when European history topic syllabi are assembled.' - Lisa Bennett, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association

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