Mohammed and Charlemagne

Mohammed and Charlemagne

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The final work of the great Belgian historian Henri Pirenne, this remarkable classic -- published after his death -- offers a revolutionary perspective on how Europe under the influence of a Roman Empire centered in Constantinople evolved into the Europe of Charlemagne and the Middle Ages. Departing from the standard view that Germanic invasions obliterated the Roman Empire, Pirenne advances the radical new thesis that "the cause of the break with the tradition of antiquity was the rapid and unexpected advance of Islam," and event of historical proportions that prevented the western Mediterranean from being what it had always been: a thoroughfare of commerce and thought. It became instead what Pirenne refers to as "a Musulman lake," thereby causing "the axis of life [to shift] northwards from the Mediterranean" for the first time in history. Brilliant and controversial, this volume garnered these words of praise from the critics: "It is a dull reader indeed who does not recognize the light of genius in the pages of this book, without doubt a landmark in contemporary historiography." -- G. C. Boyce, Annals of the American Academy. ..". Pirenne's crowning triumph. The fire of his genius, the boldness of his mind, his profound learning and vivid pen make this volume pleasant reading." -- Commonweal. ..". an important, seminal book, worthy to close one of the most distinguished careers in European scholarship." -- Saturday Review of Literature. Pirenne's masterly study is essential reading for history students, medievalists, and general readers with an interest in the decline of the Roman Empire and the beginnings of the Middle more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • -
  • 0486420116
  • 9780486420110
  • 157,784

Table of contents

PREFACE NOTE Part One WESTERN EUROPE BEFORE ISLAM I. THE CONTINUATION OF THE MEDITERRANEAN CIVILIZATION IN THE WEST AFTER THE GERMANIC INVASIONS   1. "Romania" before the Germans"   2. The Invasions   3. "The Germans in "Romania"   4. The Germanic States in the West   5. Justinian II. THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SITUATION AFTER THE INVASIONS AND THE MEDITERRANEAN NAVIGATION   1. Personal Property and the Soil   2. Navigation in the East. Syrians and Jews   3. Inland Commerce   4. Money and the Monetary Circulation III. INTELLECTUAL LIFE AFTER THE INVASIONS   1. The Tradition of Antiquity   2. The Church   3. Art   4. The Secular Character of Society CONCLUSION Part Two ISLAM AND THE CAROLINGIANS I. THE EXPANSION OF ISLAM IN THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN   1. The Islamic Invasion   2. The closing of the Western Mediterranean   3. Venice and Byzantium II. THE CAROLINGIAN COUP D'ÉTAT AND THE VOLTE-FACE OF THE PAPACY   1. The Merovingian Decadance   2. The Carolingian Mayors of the Palace   3. "Italy, the Pope, and Byzantium. The volte-face of the Papacy"   4. The New Empire III. THE BEGINNINGS OF THE MIDDLE AGES   1. Economic and Social Organization   2. Political Organization   3. Intellectual Civilization CONCLUSION INDEXshow more
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