Medieval Europe and the World: From Late Antiquity to Modernity, 400-1500 by Robin W. Winks

Medieval Europe and the World: From Late Antiquity to Modernity, 400-1500

byRobin W. Winks, Teofilo F. Ruiz

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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 MedievalEurope 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, economicpatterns, 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 theways 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 patternsof 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.

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Robin W. Winks is at Yale University. Teofilo F. Ruiz is at University of California, Los Angeles.
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Title:Medieval Europe and the World: From Late Antiquity to Modernity, 400-1500Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.51 inPublished:March 2, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Chapters 1-8 end with a Summary.Maps and BoxesPrefaceIntroduction: The Middle Ages1. The End of the Ancient World: Christianity and the Western EmpireThe Crises of the Ancient WorldChristianity: The Importance of Religion in the Later Roman WorldThe Development of Christianity in Late AntiquityThought and Letters in the First Christian CenturiesThe Christian Triumph as a Historical ProblemThe Aftermath of the Empire in the West2. Byzantium and Islam, 500-1000ByzantiumByzantine Christianity and Relations with the WestThe Fortunes of Empire, 330-1081Byzantium and the Slavs and the Turkic peopleThe World of Islam, c. 570-1096Islam in the WestIslamic Civilization3. Medieval Society in the West: From Late Antiquity to the Central Middle AgesThe Breakdown of Roman CivilizationThe GermansThe Franks: The Building of an EmpireAfter Charlemagne: The Northmen or VikingsSociety and Culture in the Early Medieval WestCultureThe Spread of Christianity4. Medieval Society: Warriors, Peasants, and MerchantsIntroductionEurope and the World Around 1000Feudal Europe: The Structures of Everyday LifeUrban SocietiesOn the Margins of SocietyThe Changing Status of Women5. Those Who Pray: Priests, Monks, and CrusadersThe Investiture ControversyThe CrusadesThe Church in Society6. Culture and Learning in Late Medieval EuropeCulture in the Medieval West, 1000-1400LiteratureThe Arts7. Politics and Society: The Origins of Kingdoms and Communities, 1000-1300The Early Construction of the State in the WestThe Emergence of Centralized Kingdoms in the West8. Political Communities: Center and PeripheryByzantium 1081-1453Russia, Poland-Lithuania, and the Politics of Eastern EuropeThe World of IslamScandinaviaGermany, Italy, and the Low CountriesItaly: Despots and Condottieri, 1268-1513The Low Countries9. The Late Medieval Crisis and the Transition to the Early Modern PeriodThe Crisis of Late Medieval SocietyThe Structural CrisesThe Challenge of Crisis: Famine, War, Plaque, and RebellionThe Answers of Late Medieval SocietyThe Final Genesis of the Nation StateInto the Modern PeriodChronologySuggested ReadingsIndex