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The Early Middle Ages : The Birth of Europe

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 20mm | 399.17g
  • Palgrave USA
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Gordonsville, United States
  • English
  • biography
  • 1403942099
  • 9781403942098
  • 365,802

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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.show more

About Lynette Olson

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.show more

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.show more

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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 Associationshow more

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