The Making of Europe : Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950 - 1350, Paperback Book

The Making of Europe : Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950 - 1350 Paperback

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A wave of internal conquest, settlement and economic growth took place in Europe during the High Middle Ages, which transformed it from a world of small separate communities into a network of powerful kingdoms with distinctive cultures.

In this vivid and provocative book Robert Bartlett vividly shows how Europe was itself a product of colonization, as much as it was later a colonizer, and what this did to shape the continent and the world today.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780140154092

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This densely written, highly structured book demands the reader's full attention - but it's more than worth it. Its central thesis holds that Europeans from the Carolingian core (the author generally only mentions France and Germany, omitting to name the Low Countries) practised and perfected colonisation activities on a European periphery consisting of Ireland, Muslim Spain, Silesia and the southern Baltic shores and what was then called the Holy Land. The author discusses the various factors that played a role in this process, from architecture to language, and that prepared Europe for an aggressive colonisation on a much grander scale that started at the end of this period. Enlightening.