The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350 / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Edition description:||1st Princeton Paperback|
|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|
|1||The Expansion of Latin Christendom||5|
|2||The Aristocratic Diaspora||24|
|3||Military Technology and Political Power||60|
|4||The Image of the Conqueror||85|
|5||The Free Village||106|
|6||The New Landscape||133|
|7||Colonial Towns and Colonial Traders||167|
|8||Race Relations on the Frontiers of Latin Europe (1): Language and Law||197|
|9||Race Relations on the Frontiers of Latin Europe (2): Power and Blood||221|
|10||The Roman Church and the Christian People||243|
|11||The Europeanization of Europe||269|
|12||The Political Sociology of Europe after the Expansion||292|
|List of Abbreviations Used in Notes and Bibliography||315|
|Bibliography of Works Cited||385|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.