The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 30, 2014

byMiri Rubin

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The Middle Ages is a term coined around 1450 to describe a thousand years of European History. In this Very Short Introduction, Miri Rubin provides an exploration of the variety, change, dynamism, and sheer complexity that the period covers. From the provinces of the Roman Empire, which becameBarbarian kingdoms after c.450-650, to the northern and eastern regions that became increasingly integrated into Europe, Rubin explores the emergence of a truly global system of communication, conquest, and trade by the end of the era. Presenting an insight into the challenges of life in Europe between 500-1500 - at all levels of society - Rubin looks at kingship and family, agriculture and trade, groups and individuals. Conveying the variety of European experiences, while providing a sense of the communication, cooperation, andshared values of the pervasive Christian culture, Rubin looks at the legacies they left behind.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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The Middle Ages is a term coined around 1450 to describe a thousand years of European History. In this Very Short Introduction, Miri Rubin provides an exploration of the variety, change, dynamism, and sheer complexity that the period covers. From the provinces of the Roman Empire, which becameBarbarian kingdoms after c.450-650, to the ...

Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval History at Queen Mary University of London and Head of the School of History. She was educated at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Cambridge. She has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and has held visiting positions in Paris, Princeton, and New York. Her rese...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublished:October 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697299

ISBN - 13:9780199697298

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Table of Contents

1. 'The Middle Ages'2. People and their life styles3. Big ideas4. Environments and resources5. The Middle Ages of others6. The 'Middle Ages' in our daily livesFurther readingIndex