Framing the Early Middle Ages : Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 Paperback / softback
The Roman empire tends to be seen as a whole whereas the early middle ages tends to be seen as a collection of regional histories, roughly corresponding to the land-areas of modern nation states.
As a result, early medieval history is much more fragmented, and there have been few convincing syntheses of socio-economic change in the post-Roman world since the 1930s.
In recent decades, the rise of early medieval archaeology has also transformed our source-base, butthis has not been adequately integrated into analyses of documentary history in almost any country.
In Framing the Early Middle Ages Chris Wickham combines documentary and archaeological evidence to create a comparative history of the period 400-800.
His analysis embraces each of the regions of the late Roman and immediately post-Roman world, from Denmark to Egypt.
The book concentrates on classic socio-economic themes, state finance, the wealth and identity of the aristocracy, estate management, peasant society, rural settlement, cities, and exchange.
These give only a partialpicture of the period, but they frame and explain other developments. Earlier syntheses have taken the development of a single region as 'typical', with divergent developments presented as exceptions.
This book takes all different developments as typical, and aims to construct a synthesis based on a better understanding of difference and the reasons for it.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 1024 pages, 13 maps
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 30/11/2006
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780199212965
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