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Were the Dark Ages truly the lost centuries they are so often portrayed as? How could a world so profoundly shaped by Rome and encompassing such remarkable societies as the Byzantine, Carolingian, and Ottonian empires be anything other than central to the development of Europe? In the Inheritance of Rome, award-winning historian Chris Wickham defies the conventional view of the centuries between AD 400 and 1000 with a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship.
Chris Wickham is Chichele Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford and a fellow of All Souls College. His book Framing the Middle Ages won the Wolfson Prize, the Deutscher Memorial Prize, and the James Henry Breasted Prize of the American Historical Association. He lives in Oxford, England.
Table of Contents
|List of Maps||p. ix|
|List of Illustrations||p. x|
|The Roman Empire and its Break-up, 400-550|
|The Weight of Empire||p. 21|
|Culture and Belief in the Christian Roman World||p. 50|
|Crisis and Continuity, 400-550||p. 76|
|The Post-Roman West, 550-750|
|Merovingian Gaul and Germany, 500-751||p. 111|
|The West Mediterranean Kingdoms: Spain and Italy, 550-750||p. 130|
|Kings without States: Britain and Ireland, 400-800||p. 150|
|Post-Roman Attitudes: Culture, Belief and Political Etiquette, 550-750||p. 170|
|Wealth, Exchange and Peasant Society||p. 203|
|The Power of the Visual: Material Culture and Display from Imperial Rome to the Carolingians||p. 232|
|The Empires of the East, 550-1000|
|Byzantine Survival, 550-850||p. 255|
|The Crystallization of Arab Political Power, 630-750||p. 279|
|Byzantine Revival, 850-1000||p. 298|
|From 'Abbasid Baghdad to Umayyad Córdoba, 750-1000||p. 318|
|The State and the Economy: Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Networks, 600-1000||p. 348|
|The Carolingian and Post-Carolingian West, 750-1000|
|The Carolingian Century, 751-887||p. 375|
|Intellectuals and Politics||p. 405|
|The Tenth-century Successor States||p. 427|
|'Carolingian' England, 800-1000||p. 453|
|Outer Europe||p. 472|
|Aristocrats between the Carolingian and the 'Feudal' Worlds||p. 508|
|The Caging of the Peasantry, 8oo-1000||p. 529|
|Conclusion: Trends in European History, 400-1000||p. 552|
|Notes and Bibliographic Guides||p. 565|
|Index of Names and Places||p. 623|
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