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.
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
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