Post-classical history

The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000

The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000

A unique and enlightening look at Europe's so-called Dark Ages

Defying the conventional Dark Ages view of European history between A.D. 400 and 1000, award-winning historian Chris Wickham presents The Inheritance of Rome, a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship. Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham agues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity. From Ireland to Constantinople, the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the narrative constructs a vivid portrait of the vast and varied world of Goths, Franks, Vandals, Arabs, Saxons, and Vikings. Groundbreaking and full of fascinating revelations, The Inheritance of Rome offers a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created.



Chapter 1. Introduction

PART I - The Roman Empire and its Break-up, 400-550

Chapter 2. The Weight of Empire

Chapter 3. Culture and Belief in the Christian Roman World

Chapter 4. Crisis and Continuity, 400-550

PART II - The Post-Roman West, 550-750

Chapter 5. Merovingian Gaul and Germany, 500-751

Chapter 6. The West Mediterranean Kingdoms: Spain and Italy, 550-750

Chapter 7. Kings without States: Britain and Ireland, 400-800

Chapter 8. Post-Roman Attitudes: Culture, Belief and Political Etiquette, 550-750

Chapter 9. Wealth, Exchange and Peasant Society

Chapter 10. The Power of the Visual: Material Culture and Display from Imperial Rome to the Carolingians

PART III - The Empires of the East, 550-1000

Chapter 11. Byzantine Survival, 550-850

Chapter 12. The Crystallization of Arab Political Power, 630-750

Chapter 13. Byzantine Revival, 850-1000

Chapter 14. From ‘Abbasid Baghdad to Umayyad Córdoba, 750-1000

Chapter 15. The State and the Economy: Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Networks, 600-1000

PART IV - The Carolingian and Post-Carolingian West, 750-1000

Chapter 16. The Carolingian Century, 751-887

Chapter 17. Intellectuals and Politics

Chapter 18. The Tenth-century Successor States

Chapter 19. ‘Carolingian’ England, 800-1000

Chapter 20. Outer Europe

Chapter 21. Aristocrats between the Carolingian and the ‘Feudal’ Worlds

Chapter 22. The Caging of the Peasantry, 800-1000

Chapter 23. Conclusion: Trends in European History, 400-1000

Notes and Bibliographic Guides

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