Introduction to Medieval Europe 300-1500

Introduction to Medieval Europe 300-1500

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Introduction to Medieval Europe 300-1500 provides a comprehensive survey of this complex and varied formative period of European history, covering themes as diverse as barbarian migrations, the impact of Christianisation, the formation of nations and states, the emergence of an expansionist commercial economy, the growth of cities, the Crusades, the effects of plague, and the intellectual and cultural life of the Middle Ages. The book explores the driving forces behind the formation of medieval society and the directions in which it developed and changed. In doing this, the authors cover a wide geographic expanse, including Western interactions with the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic World.



This third edition contains a wealth of new features that help to bring this fascinating era to life, including:


In the book:




A number of new maps and images to further understanding of the period
Clear signposting and extended discussions of key topics such as feudalism and gender
Expanded geographic coverage into Eastern Europe and the Middle East



On the companion website:








An updated, comparative and interactive timeline, highlighting surprising synchronicities in medieval history, and annotated links to useful websites
A list of movies, television series and novels related to the Middle Ages, accompanied by introductions and commentaries
Assignable discussion questions and the maps, plates, figures and tables from the book available to download and use in the classroom



Clear and stimulating, the third edition of Introduction to Medieval Europe is the ideal companion to studying Europe in the Middle Ages at undergraduate level.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 498 pages
  • 191 x 248 x 25.4mm | 1,111g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 9 Line drawings, black and white; 5 Tables, black and white; 55 Illustrations, color
  • 1138214396
  • 9781138214392
  • 65,552

Table of contents

Contents



List of illustrations
List of boxes
Illustration acknowledgements


Introduction


The Middle Ages as a period in European history


From scarcity to hegemony


Medievalism


The book's arrangement


Part I: The early Middle Ages, 300-1000 13


Chapter 1 The end of the Roman Empire in the West


Governing an empire


Taxation and fiscal policy


The Roman army and the frontier


Economic structure and prosperity


The Barbarian world of the north


The collapse of the Roman order in the West


The later Migration Period


Migrations and ethnogenesis


The barbarian kingdoms in the West


Balance: the end of Roman civilisation?


The survival of the Roman Empire in the East


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading



Chapter 2 The establishment of two world religions: Christianity and Islam


The Christian Church in the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages


The relationship between emperor and pope


Material wealth, accumulation and distribution


Church organisation


Monasticism


Orthodoxy and heterodoxy


Saints and miracles


Spreading the faith


The Arab conquests and the establishment of Islam


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Chapter 3 The powerful and the poor: society and economy in the Frankish kingdoms and beyond


Warlords and landlords


Trade and gift-exchange


Early medieval politics: the Carolingian core


Dynamic peripheries


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Part II: The Central Middle Ages, 1000-1300
Chapter 4 Early kingdoms and principalities


Charlemagne's legacy


The making of England


The institutionalisation of the state


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Chapter 5 Accelerated growth


Population growth


Volume and nature of agricultural production


New types of local lordship


Knights and peasants: image and reality


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Chapter 6 Religious reform and renewal


Aspirations to reform


The papal monarchy


Reformation and renewal in monastic life


The faithful become visible


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Part III: Expansion and maturation, 1000-1500
Chapter 7 The beginnings of European expansion


The West becomes more aggressive


Shifting Centres of Gravity


The Multicultural Near East


Crusades, Crusader States and Western Colonies in the East


The Later Crusades


The Spread of Faith and Colonisation


East Meets West


Colonising Central and Eastern Europe


Take off to a commercial revolution


The transport revolution


Progress in organisation


A negative balance of payments


The commercialisation of the countryside


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Chapter 8 Thinking about man and the world


The medieval view of the world and mankind


The higher education programme of Late Antiquity and its survival in the early Middle Ages


The formation of universities


The humanism of the late Middle Ages


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Chapter 9: Towns and the urbanisation of medieval society


The Phenomenon of the pre-industrial town


The beginnings of urban society


Urban society and economy in the later Middle Ages


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Part IV: The Late Middle Ages, 1300-1500


Chapter 10 Between crisis and contraction: population, economy and society


War, famine and pestilence


Economic crisis or contraction?


Characteristics of late medieval society


Social contrasts and social conflicts


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Chapter 11 The consolidation of states


Types of state: sovereignty versus suzerainty


The course of events


The Holy Roman Empire and Italy: stalemate


Driving forces in the formation of states


State institutions and social order


Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Chapter 12 Crisis in the Church and the reorientation of the faithful


Who leads Christendom?


The popes in Avignon and the bureaucratisation of the Curia


The Great Schism and the conciliar movement


Religious life
Points to remember


Suggestions for further reading


Epilogue


Acceleration


The medieval roots of modern culture


Timeline


Glossary


Bibliography of secondary literature


Index
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Review Text

'Instructors seeking an alternative to the standard political and institutional narrative found in most medieval history texts will find the new edition of Blockmans and Hoppenbrouwers to be a superb choice. With its focus on social groups and cultural movements, the text is also written in a fluid style that will engage students. I look forward to using it in my next medieval history survey.'

Edward Tabri, University of Texas at Tyler
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'Instructors seeking an alternative to the standard political and institutional narrative found in most medieval history texts will find the new edition of Blockmans and Hoppenbrouwers to be a superb choice. With its focus on social groups and cultural movements, the text is also written in a fluid style that will engage students. I look forward to using it in my next medieval history survey.'


Edward Tabri, University of Texas at Tyler
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About Wim Blockmans

Introduction to Medieval Europe 300-1500 provides a comprehensive survey of this complex and varied formative period of European history, covering themes as diverse as barbarian migrations, the impact of Christianisation, the formation of nations and states, the emergence of an expansionist commercial economy, the growth of cities, the Crusades, the effects of plague, and the intellectual and cultural life of the Middle Ages. The book explores the driving forces behind the formation of medieval society and the directions in which it developed and changed. In doing this, the authors cover a wide geographic expanse, including Western interactions with the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic World.



This third edition contains a wealth of new features within the book and on the companion website that help to bring this fascinating era to life, including:



In the book:



* A number of new maps and images to further understanding of the period
* Clear signposting and extended discussions of key topics such as feudalism and gender
* Expanded geographic coverage into Eastern Europe and the Middle East



On the companion website:



* An interactive map, which will allow students to engage with the geographical framework of medieval Europe and beyond
* An extended bibliography
* New chapter resources, suggested medieval films and novels to be assigned alongside each chapter.



The companion website is a free resource which also features, for instructors, assignable discussion questions and all of the images and maps in the book available to download, and for students, a comparative interactive timeline of the period and links to useful websites.



Clear and stimulating, the third edition of Introduction to Medieval Europe is the ideal companion to studying Europe in the Middle Ages at undergraduate level.
show more

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