A History of the Middle Ages, 300-1500

A History of the Middle Ages, 300-1500

By: John M. Riddle (author)Paperback

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This clear and comprehensive text covers the Middle Ages from the classical era to the late medieval period. John M. Riddle provides a cogent analysis of the rulers, wars, and events-both natural and human-that defined the medieval era. Taking a broad geographical perspective, Riddle includes northern and eastern Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic states. Each, he convincingly shows, offered values and institutions that presaged modernity. In addition to a thorough chronological narrative, the text offers humanizing features to engage students. Each chapter opens with a theme-setting vignette about daily life and introduces students to key controversies and themes in historiography by discussing the work of a prominent medieval historian. Richly illustrated, this lively, engaging book will immerse readers in the medieval world, an era that shaped the foundation for the modern world.

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John M. Riddle is Alumni Distinguished Professor of History emeritus at North Carolina State University.


Part I: Slow Transition from Classical to Medieval World Chapter 1: The Transformation of Classical Civilization: The Political and Economic Story through the Fifth Century CE Chapter 2: The Transformation of Classical Civilization: Religion and Culture through the Fifth Century CE Chapter 3: Warriors, Farmers, and Saints in the Barbarian Kingdoms (200-600) Chapter 4: Byzantine Empire: A Struggle for Unity and Regaining Past Glory (451-630) Chapter 5: Islam: The Religion, Politics, and Culture (570-1000) Part II: Central Middle Ages Chapter 6: Technology, Society, and Politics in Early Medieval West (600-750) Chapter 7: The Age of Charlemagne (750-814) Chapter 8: Europe: Disunited, Assaulted, and Saved (814-1024) Chapter 9: New Devotion, Growth of Towns, and Commerce (950-1100) Part III: High Middle Ages Chapter 10: The Era of the First Crusade (1071-1097) Chapter 11: The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century Chapter 12: The Flowering of the Middle Ages (ca. 1150-1300) Part IV: The Transition from the Medieval to Modern Periods Chapter 13: Falcons, Swords, Occam's Razor, and Germs: From Bouvines to the Black Death (1214-1347) Chapter 14: Conformity, Creativity, and Authority (1350-1500) Chapter 15: The Medieval Twilight in Europe and Western Asia: Decay and Discovery Epilogue

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/03/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780742554092
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 536
  • ID: 9780742554092
  • weight: 1107
  • ISBN10: 0742554090

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