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Medieval Europe and the World

From Late Antiquity to Modernity, 400-1500

the late Robin W. Winks and Teofilo F. Ruiz

Publication Date - February 2005

ISBN: 9780195156942

320 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $84.99

Examines the development of western European social, political, economic, and cultural institutions during one of the most complex and creative periods the world has ever known.


Medieval Europe and the World: From Late Antiquity to Modernity, 400-1500 examines the development of western European social, political, economic, and cultural institutions during one of the most complex and creative periods the world has ever known. The book looks at the history of Medieval Europe in relation to its links with the rest of the world, exploring the interaction of western Europe with Islam, the Far East, Africa, and such outlying areas as Scandinavia, Iberia, and Eastern Europe. It considers the genesis and shaping of distinct western ideals, social affairs, economic patterns, and new cultural forms in relation to Islam and Byzantium--two other great civilizations that deeply influenced the growth of western Europe's unique history. Placing emphasis on medieval Europe's social and economic transformations and the diversity of social orders, the book analyzes the ways in which these elements interconnected during the formation of medieval society. It also gives special consideration to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, an era that serves as a bridge between the cultural developments of the early and central Middle Ages and the emergence of new patterns of thought and social organization in the late medieval period.
Featuring nine maps, numerous illustrations, a chronological table, and a detailed list of suggested further readings, this brief but comprehensive narrative is an ideal text for undergraduate courses in medieval history.

Table of Contents

    Chapters 1-8 end with a Summary.
    Maps and Boxes
    Introduction: The Middle Ages
    1. The End of the Ancient World: Christianity and the Western Empire
    The Crises of the Ancient World
    Christianity: The Importance of Religion in the Later Roman World
    The Development of Christianity in Late Antiquity
    Thought and Letters in the First Christian Centuries
    The Christian Triumph as a Historical Problem
    The Aftermath of the Empire in the West
    2. Byzantium and Islam, 500-1000
    Byzantine Christianity and Relations with the West
    The Fortunes of Empire, 330-1081
    Byzantium and the Slavs and the Turkic people
    The World of Islam, c. 570-1096
    Islam in the West
    Islamic Civilization
    3. Medieval Society in the West: From Late Antiquity to the Central Middle Ages
    The Breakdown of Roman Civilization
    The Germans
    The Franks: The Building of an Empire
    After Charlemagne: The Northmen or Vikings
    Society and Culture in the Early Medieval West
    The Spread of Christianity
    4. Medieval Society: Warriors, Peasants, and Merchants
    Europe and the World Around 1000
    Feudal Europe: The Structures of Everyday Life
    Urban Societies
    On the Margins of Society
    The Changing Status of Women
    5. Those Who Pray: Priests, Monks, and Crusaders
    The Investiture Controversy
    The Crusades
    The Church in Society
    6. Culture and Learning in Late Medieval Europe
    Culture in the Medieval West, 1000-1400
    The Arts
    7. Politics and Society: The Origins of Kingdoms and Communities, 1000-1300
    The Early Construction of the State in the West
    The Emergence of Centralized Kingdoms in the West
    8. Political Communities: Center and Periphery
    Byzantium 1081-1453
    Russia, Poland-Lithuania, and the Politics of Eastern Europe
    The World of Islam
    Germany, Italy, and the Low Countries
    Italy: Despots and Condottieri, 1268-1513
    The Low Countries
    9. The Late Medieval Crisis and the Transition to the Early Modern Period
    The Crisis of Late Medieval Society
    The Structural Crises
    The Challenge of Crisis: Famine, War, Plaque, and Rebellion
    The Answers of Late Medieval Society
    The Final Genesis of the Nation State
    Into the Modern Period
    Suggested Readings