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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.
- Verlag: Taylor & Francis
- Artikelnr. des Verlages: Y290845
- 3., Neuausg.
- Erscheinungstermin: November 2017
- Abmessung: 244mm x 187mm x 27mm
- Gewicht: 1099g
- ISBN-13: 9781138214392
- ISBN-10: 1138214396
- Artikelnr.: 48521887
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
'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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