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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Early Medieval Europe, 300-1000

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9780230006720
Publication Date August 2010
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave History of Europe

In this classic textbook history of early medieval Europe, Roger Collins provides a comprehensive account of the centuries during which Europe changed from being an abstract geographical expression to a new culturally coherent, if politically divided, entity. This essential volume:

• examines how the social, economic and cultural structures of Antiquity were replaced by their medieval equivalents
• defines the European context by looking at the external forces which helped to shape it through conflict
• explores key topics such as the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of both Christianity and Islam, the Vikings, and the expansion of Latin Christian culture into eastern Europe
• features maps, genealogies, a chronology and bibliography to aid understanding and further study.

This third edition has been fully updated, augmented and revised to take account of the latest scholarship and research on all aspects of the period it covers. The text has also been extensively rewritten to make it more accessible for students. Clear and insightful, this is an invaluable guide to an important era in the history of both Europe and the wider world.

ROGER COLLINS is Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

List of Maps and Genealogies
Chronology of Main Events, 238-1000
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Crisis and Change in the Roman Empire, 235-305
The Age of Constantine, 305-350
Protecting the Empire, 350-395
From the Battle of Adrianople to the Sack of Rome, 378-410
A Divided City: the Christian Church, 300-460
The Warlords
The New Kingdoms
The Twilight of the West, 518-568
Constantinople, Persia and the Arabs
Decadent and Do-Nothing Kings, 511-711
From Britain to the Kingdoms of the Angles, 410-874
The Lombards in Italy, c.540-712
The Parting of East and West
Monks and Missionaries
Francia Revived, 714-768
Charlemagne, 768-814
The Carolingian Regime
'The Dissension of Kings', 814-911
'The Desolation of the Pagans'
The Empire Revived, 875-1002
The Western Frontiers of Christendom: Spain, 711-1037


Praise for the second edition:
'The historical spectrum covered is astonishingly extensive, and, because of this, the volume will be useful as a reference work.' - Professor Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona, USA
Review of first edition:
'A large and intricate body of fundamental research on the narrative sources, deployed with clarity and expertise for which many readers will be extremely grateful.' - Times Higher Education Supplement
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