Early Medieval Europe 300-1050: A Guide for Studying and Teaching (2nd New edition)

Early Medieval Europe 300-1050: A Guide for Studying and Teaching (2nd New edition)

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Early Medieval Europe 300-1050: A Guide for Studying and Teaching empowers students by providing them with the conceptual and methodological tools to investigate the period. Throughout the book, major research questions and historiographical debates are identified and guidance is given on how to engage with and evaluate key documentary sources as well as artistic and archaeological evidence. The book's aim is to engender confidence in creative and independent historical thought. This second edition has been fully revised and expanded and now includes coverage of both Islamic and Byzantine history, surveying and critically examining the often radically different scholarly interpretations relating to them. Also new to this edition is an extensively updated and closely integrated companion website, which has been carefully designed to provide practical guidance to teachers and students, offering a wealth of reference materials and aids to mastering the period, and lighting the way for further exploration of written and non-written sources. Accessibly written and containing over 70 carefully selected maps and images, Early Medieval Europe 300-1050 is an essential resource for students studying this period for the first time, as well as an invaluable aid to university teachers devising and delivering courses and modules on the period.

About Author

David Rollason is Emeritus Professor of History at Durham University, UK. His previous publications include Northumbria 500-1100: Creation and Destruction of a Kingdom (2003) and The Power of Place: Rulers and Their Palaces, Landscapes, Cities, and Holy Places (2016). His research has included the cult of saints in Anglo-Saxon England, twelfth-century historical writing, the extensive medieval list of names known as the Durham Liber Vitae, and most recently royal and imperial sites across Europe

Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION Chapter 1 Why study this period? Formative character Challenges to study This book's aims Questions, models, and experiments PART II: EMPIRE AND PEOPLES Introduction Chapter 2 From Roman Empire to barbarian kingdoms: cataclysm or transition? The First Doom and Gloom Model The Second Doom and Gloom Model The Deliberate Roman Policy Model Companion website resources Research and study Chapter 3 The dismemberment and survival of the Byzantine Empire The First Doom and Gloom Model The Second Doom and Gloom Model The Deliberate Byzantine Policy Model Companion website resources Research and study Chapter 4 The Arab conquests Approach 1: Accepting validity of the written sources Approach 2: Being sceptical of the sources Approach 3: Reading back from the heyday of the Umayyad and `Abbasid caliphates Companion website resources Research and study Chapter 5 The making of peoples The Biological Model The Constitutional Model Why did peoples form? Companion website resources Research and study Conclusion Timeline: Part II PART III: POWER AND SOCIETY Introduction Chapter 6 Pagan, Roman, and Christian beliefs about Rulers: ideological power Paganism and rulership Roman ideology and kingship Christianity and rulership Companion website resources Research and study Chapter 7 Edicts, taxes, and armies: bureaucratic power Written documents Oral communication, symbolism, and ritual Government departments and staff Capabilities of governments Companion website resources Research and study Chapter 8 Kings, warriors, and women: personal power War-bands Feasting, drinking, and the hall The social pyramid Aristocratic elites The role of women Nearness to the king Companion website resources Research and study Conclusion Timeline: Part III PART IV: THE ECONOMIC FOUNDATION Introduction Chapter 9 Trade as a driving force? Pirenne and his critics The nature of the Roman and Byzantine economies The economic influence of the Arab caliphate Decline and revival of trade? Companion website resources Research and study Chapter 10 Cultivating the land: the basis of European society? The continuity of Roman agriculture An agricultural revolution? Companion website resources Research and study Chapter 11 Towns and cities: the functions of urban life The fate of Roman cities Functions of cities and towns Growth of cities and towns New towns Cities and towns as tools of power Companion website resources Research and study Conclusion Timeline: Part IV PART V: THE CHURCH'S TRIUMPH Introduction Chapter 12 Conversion to Christianity The Roman Empire The barbarians within the Roman Empire Conversion outside the former Roman Empire Companion website resources Research and study Chapter 13 The success of monasticism `Bottom-up' model `Top-down' model Companion website resources Research and study Chapter 14 The power of bishops and popes Bishops and popes in the Church hierarchy The resources of popes and bishops Bishops and popes in the world Companion website resources Research and study Conclusion Timeline: Part V General Conclusion Sources References Image Credits

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  • ISBN13: 9781138936874
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 402
  • ID: 9781138936874
  • weight: 764
  • ISBN10: 1138936871
  • edition: 2nd New edition

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