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    DescriptionThe Roman empire tends to be seen as a whole whereas the early middle ages tends to be seen as a collection of regional histories, roughly corresponding to the land-areas of modern nation states. As a result, early medieval history is much more fragmented, and there have been few convincing syntheses of socio-economic change in the post-Roman world since the 1930s. In recent decades, the rise of early medieval archaeology has also transformed our source-base, but this has not been adequately integrated into analyses of documentary history in almost any country. In Framing the Early Middle Ages Chris Wickham combines documentary and archaeological evidence to create a comparative history of the period 400-800. His analysis embraces each of the regions of the late Roman and immediately post-Roman world, from Denmark to Egypt. The book concentrates on classic socio-economic themes, state finance, the wealth and identity of the aristocracy, estate management, peasant society, rural settlement, cities, and exchange. These give only a partial picture of the period, but they frame and explain other developments. Earlier syntheses have taken the development of a single region as 'typical', with divergent developments presented as exceptions. This book takes all different developments as typical, and aims to construct a synthesis based on a better understanding of difference and the reasons for it.


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    Title
    Framing the Early Middle Ages
    Subtitle
    Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chris Wickham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 1024
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 71 mm
    Weight: 975 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199212965
    ISBN 10: 0199212961
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLC, HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D, 3F
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    BIC subject category V2: KCZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, HIS037010
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 940.12
    BIC subject category V2: 1FB, 3D, 3F, 1D
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTB, NHD, KCZ, NHC, NHDJ
    Illustrations note
    13 maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    08 February 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Chris Wickham received his DPhil from Oxford in 1975. He was Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Birmingham until his appointment as Chichele Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Oxford in 2005. He has been editor of Past and Present since 1995.
    Review quote
    a tremendous achievement, demonstrating mastery over half a dozen fields of scholarship. David Abulafia, THES Wickham's work is groundbreaking ... Some of his conclusions may and should be debated, but they rest on an array of evidence and on a series of complex atguments that further discussions should not ignore. Walter Pohl, Speculum
    Table of contents
    PART I: STATES ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Geography and Politics ; 3. The Form of the State ; PART II: ARISTOCRATIC POWER-STRUCTURES ; 4. Aristocracies ; 5. Managing the Land ; 6. Political Breakdown and State-Building in the North ; PART III: PEASANTRIES ; 7. Peasants and Local Societies: Case Studies ; 8. Rural Settlement and Village Societies ; 9. Peasant Society and its Problems ; PART IV: NETWORKS ; 10. Cities ; 11. Systems of Exchange ; Conclusion ; Bibliography ; Index