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The inheritance of Rome : a history of Europe from 400 to 1000

Wickham, Chris, 1950-2010
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The time that followed the decline of the Roman Empire, often seen as the beginning of a long 'dark age', was in fact central to the development of modern Europe.
London : Penguin, 2010.
xi, 650 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 20 cm.
Series title:
The Penguin history of Europe ; 2
Includes bibliographical references and index.
I. THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND ITS BREAKUP, 400-550. The weight of empire -- Culture and belief in the Christian Roman world -- Crisis and continuity, 400-550 -- II. THE POST-ROMAN WEST, 550-750. Merovingian Gaul and Germany, 500-751 -- The West Mediterranean kingdoms: Spain and Italy, 550-750 -- Kings without states: Britain and Ireland, 400-800 -- Post-Roman attitudes: culture, belief and political etiquette, 550-750 -- Wealth, exchange and peasant society -- The power of the visual: material culture and display from Imperial Rome to the Carolingians -- III. THE EMPIRES OF THE EAST, 550-1000.Byzantine survival, 550-850 -- The crystallization of Arab political power, 630-750 -- Byzantine revival, 850-1000 -- From 'Abbasid Baghdad to Umayyad Cordoba, 750-1000 -- The state and the economy: Eastern Mediterranean exchange networks, 600-1000 -- IV. THE CAROLINGIAN AND POST-CAROLINGIAN WEST, 750-1000. The Carolingian century, 751-887 -- Intellectuals and politics -- The 10th-century successor states -- 'Carolingian' England, 800-1000 -- Outer Europe -- Aristocrats between the Carolingian and the 'Feudal' worlds -- The caging of the peasantry, 800-1000 -- Trends in European history, 400-1000.
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