The Early Middle Ages, which marked the end of the Roman Empire and the creation of the kingdoms of Western Europe, was a period central to the formation of modern Europe. This period has often been drawn into a series of discourses that are more concerned with the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries than with the distant past.
In The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages, Ian Wood explores how Western Europeans have looked back to the Middle Ages to discover their origins and the origins of their society. Using historical records and writings about the Fall of Rome and the Early Middle Ages, Wood reveals how these influenced modern Europe and the way in which the continent thought about itself. He asks, and answers, the important question: why is early-medieval history, or indeed any pre-modern history,
important? This volume promises to add to the debate on the significance of medieval history in the modern world.
Ian Wood is Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Leeds.
Preface ; 1. 300-700 ; 2. The Franks and the State of France ; 3. The Old German Constitution ; 4. The Barbarians and the Fall of Rome ; 5. Empire and Aftermath ; 6. Nation, Class, and Race ; 7. The Lombards and the Risorgimento ; 8. Heirs of the Martyrs ; 9. Language, Law, and National Boundaries ; 10. Romans, Barbarians, and Prussians ; 11. Teutons, Romans, and 'Scientific' History ; 12. About Belgium: The Impact of the Great War ; 13. Past Settlements: Interpretations of the Migration Period from 1918-45 ; 14. Christian Engagement in the Interwar Period ; 15. The Emergence of Late Antiquity ; 16. Presenting a New Europe ; Bibliography