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Author Name:    WICKHAM, Chris

Title:   Framing the Early Middle Ages : Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005, 

Seller ID:   113135

WICKHAM, Chris. Framing the Early Middle Ages : Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800. (Oxford) : Oxford University Press, 2005. First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-xxviii,[1]-990,(6). Index. Thick 8vo, blue-black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Very good (as new) in dustjacket. 150.00 "The Roman empire tends to be seen as a whole. By contrast, the early middle ages tends to be seen as a collection of regional histories, roughly corresponding to modern nation states. As a result, early medieval history is much more fragmented. There have been few convincing syntheses of socio-economic change in the post-Roman world since the 1930s. Although, In recent decades, the rise of early medieval archaeology has transformed our knowledge of the period, this has not been adequately integrated into wider syntheses anywhere. This bookaims to change this. In Framing the Early Middle Ages Chris Wickham links documentary and archaeological evidence together, and creates a comparativehistory of the period 400-800. He sets out thematic analyses of each of th e regions of the latest Roman and immediately post-Roman world, from Denmark to Egypt. The book concentrates on classic socio-economic themes : statesand their funding, the wealth and identity of the aristocracy, estate mana gement, peasant society, rural settlement, cities, and exchange. These are discussed region by region, in a way not attempted before. Wickham argues that, without this, the broader development of Europe and the Mediterranean cannot be properly understood. Earlier syntheses have taken the developmentof a single region as 'typical', with divergent developments presented as exceptions. Wickham's book aims to construct a synthesis based on a better understanding of differences and the reasons for them. Readers will want toread the book for its richness of detail, but the book is also a more ambi tious synthesis of the period than any previous work." - from the dj. Contents : 1. Introduction Part I. States. 2. Geography and Politics; 3. The Form of the State. Part II. Aristocratic Power-Structures. 4. Aristocracies; 5. Managing the Land; 6. Political breakdown and state-building in the North. Part III. Peasantries. 7. Peasants and local societies: Case studies; 8. Rural settlement and village societies; 9. Peasant society and its problems. Part IV. Networks. 10. Cities; 11. Systems of Exchange; 12. General Conclusions. With bibliogrphy and index. Very good (as new) in dustjacket. 150.00


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