The Inheritance of Rome Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-30
  • Publisher: Viking Adult
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An ambitious and enlightening look at why the so-called Dark Ages were anything but that. Prizewinning historian Chris Wickham defies the conventional view of the Dark Ages in European history with a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship. Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham argues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity. Far from being a middle period between more significant epochs, this age has much to tell us in its own right about the progress of culture and the development of political thought. Sweeping in its breadth, Wickham's incisive history focuses on a world still profoundly shaped by Rome, which encompassed the remarkable Byzantine, Carolingian, and Ottonian empires, and peoples ranging from Goths, Franks, and Vandals to Arabs, Anglo- Saxons, and Vikings. Digging deep into each culture, Wickham constructs a vivid portrait of a vast and varied world stretching from Ireland to Constantinople, the Baltic to the Mediterranean. The Inheritance of Romebrilliantly presents a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. ix
List of Illustrationsp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 3
The Roman Empire and its Break-up, 400-550
The Weight of Empirep. 21
Culture and Belief in the Christian Roman Worldp. 50
Crisis and Continuity, 400-550p. 76
The Post-Roman West, 550-750
Merovingian Gaul and Germany, 500-751p. 111
The West Mediterranean Kingdoms: Spain and Italy, 550-750p. 130
Kings without States: Britain and Ireland, 400-800p. 150
Post-Roman Attitudes: Culture, Belief and Political Etiquette, 550-750p. 170
Wealth, Exchange and Peasant Societyp. 203
The Power of the Visual: Material Culture and Display from Imperial Rome to the Carolingiansp. 232
The Empires of the East, 550-1000
Byzantine Survival, 550-850p. 255
The Crystallization of Arab Political Power, 630-750p. 279
Byzantine Revival, 850-1000p. 298
From 'Abbasid Baghdad to Umayyad Córdoba, 750-1000p. 318
The State and the Economy: Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Networks, 600-1000p. 348
The Carolingian and Post-Carolingian West, 750-1000
The Carolingian Century, 751-887p. 375
Intellectuals and Politicsp. 405
The Tenth-century Successor Statesp. 427
'Carolingian' England, 800-1000p. 453
Outer Europep. 472
Aristocrats between the Carolingian and the 'Feudal' Worldsp. 508
The Caging of the Peasantry, 800-1000p. 529
Conclusion: Trends in European History, 400-1000p. 552
Notes and Bibliographic Guidesp. 565
Index of Names and Placesp. 623
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