Europe and the Middle Ages

Europe and the Middle Ages

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For one/two-semester undergraduate courses in Medieval History. This comprehensive, well-balanced historical survey of Medieval Europe-from Roman imperial provinces to the Renaissance-covers all aspects of the history (political, literary, religious, intellectual, etc.) with a focus on social and political themes. It presents a complete picture of the complex process by which an ecumenical civilization that once ringed the basin of the Mediterranean Sea, evolved into three other distinctive civilizations-Latin Europe, Greek Eastern Europe and Asia Minor, and Islam. This text differs from others on the subject in that it attempts to abolish traditional cliches regarding the Middle Ages and promotes critical thinking about our own time and society.show more

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  • Paperback | 484 pages
  • 177.8 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 861.82g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 0130967726
  • 9780130967725
  • 1,996,876

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This comprehensive, well-balanced historical survey of medieval Europe--from Roman imperial provinces to the Renaissance--covers all aspects of the history (political, literary, religious, intellectual, etc.) with a focus on social and political themes. It presents a complete picture of the complex process by which an ecumenical civilization that once ringed the basin of the Mediterranean Sea evolved into three other distinctive civilizations--Latin Europe, Greek Eastern Europe and Asia Minor, and Islam. The fourth edition strengthens the emphasis of the book on the nature of the "Middle Ages" as the formative period in the early history of Europe, from the transformations of the myth of Europa to the formation of landscape and the emergence of a distinctive European civilization. New to this edition: Revision of the treatment of the Roman imperial world and the history of early Christianity in that world. Updated chapters on Islam and discussion of the interaction of western European, Byzantine, and Islamic civilizations. The addition of substantial material on Ireland and Scotland, the calendars of the working and ecclesiastical years, and servitude and freedom. Expansion of the sections on intellectual history dealing with the social impact of thinkers and the treatment of the various crises of the early fourteenth century. Consolidation of the bibliographies into a single running section with topical essays and the addition of sources published as recently as 2003.show more

Table of contents

Prologue: Europa: Myth and Landscape. I. LATE MEDITERRANEAN ANTIQUITY AND EARLY NORTHERN EUROPE. 1. The Beginning and End of the Roman Peace. 2. Religion and Society in Late Antiquity. 3. The Roman and Other Worlds Transformed. II. TWO HEIRS OF THE ROMAN WORLD. 4. The Making of Byzantine Civilization. 5. The House of Islam. III. THE EXPANDING LATIN WEST, 550-950. 6. Rome and the West. 7. Land, People, and Kings in Merovingian Francia. 8. The Book and the Sword. 9. Europe Emerges. IV. CHRISTENDOM: AUTHORITY AND ENTERPRISE, 950-1100. 10. Material Civilization. 11. Power and Society. 12. Christendom East and West. V. CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES, 1150-1325. 13. New Art and New Learning. 14. The Church and the World. 15. The Political Culture of Christian Europe. 16. Reason and Imagination in the Thirteenth Century. VI. CHRISTENDOM AND EUROPE, 1325-1500. 17. Apocalypse Then? Crisis and Recovery in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries. 18. Clergy and Laity. 19. Power and Order. 20. Frontiers and Horizons. Epilogue: Empress Europa and her Ambassadors. Appendix. General Bibliography. Index.show more

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