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The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350 / Edition 1

The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350 / Edition 1

by Robert Bartlett
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From our twentieth-century perspective, we tend to think of the Europe of the past as a colonizer, a series of empires that conquered lands beyond their borders and forced European cultural values on other peoples. This provocative book shows that Europe in the Middle Ages was as much a product of a process of conquest and colonization as it was later a colonizer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691037806
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/12/1994
Edition description: 1st Princeton Paperback
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 822,615
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert Bartlett is Professor of Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of Gerald of Wales, 1146-1223 and Trial by Fire and Water.

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures and Tables
List of Plates
A Note on References
1The Expansion of Latin Christendom5
2The Aristocratic Diaspora24
3Military Technology and Political Power60
4The Image of the Conqueror85
5The Free Village106
6The New Landscape133
7Colonial Towns and Colonial Traders167
8Race Relations on the Frontiers of Latin Europe (1): Language and Law197
9Race Relations on the Frontiers of Latin Europe (2): Power and Blood221
10The Roman Church and the Christian People243
11The Europeanization of Europe269
12The Political Sociology of Europe after the Expansion292
List of Abbreviations Used in Notes and Bibliography315
Bibliography of Works Cited385

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The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Substance: First-rate history of the transformation of Europe from an agglomeration of states to the nations of Christendom. Pertinent to today's debates on racism, colonialism, imperialism, etc. - there is nothing new under the sun.Style: Some repetition of themes and analyses, but understandable because of the different topics being addressed with overlap in events.
fist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This densely written, highly structured book demands the reader's full attention - but it's more than worth it. Its central thesis holds that Europeans from the Carolingian core (the author generally only mentions France and Germany, omitting to name the Low Countries) practised and perfected colonisation activities on a European periphery consisting of Ireland, Muslim Spain, Silesia and the southern Baltic shores and what was then called the Holy Land. The author discusses the various factors that played a role in this process, from architecture to language, and that prepared Europe for an aggressive colonisation on a much grander scale that started at the end of this period. Enlightening.