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Politics and Power in Early Medieval Europe: Alsace and the Frankish Realm, 600-1000

Politics and Power in Early Medieval Europe: Alsace and the Frankish Realm, 600-1000

by Hans J. HummerHans J. Hummer
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In this powerfully argued, original and well-balanced study, Hans Hummer investigates the operation of political power in early medieval Europe, from 600 to 1000AD. Focusing on the region of Alsace, Hummer elucidates the networks of monasteries and kin-groups that formed the basis of the local political order and demonstrates the importance of monastic control. Standing on a recurrent political fault line, Alsace is a fascinating case study upon which to base an exploration of the relationship between local and central power over these four centuries.

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ISBN-13: 9780521114486
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/25/2009
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series , #65
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Hans J. Hummer is Assistant Professor of History, Wayne State University. He has published articles in a number of journals including Early Medieval Europe, Francia and Deutsches Archiv.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The late Merovingian order; 2. Conquest and continuity; 3. The Carolingians and ecclesiastical property; 4. Reaction and resistance; 5. The politics of old German; 6. Imperial unity and regional power; 7. The late Carolingian order; 8. The tenth-century transformation; Conclusions.

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