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The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century

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ISBN: 9781610393683
Author(s): Paul Collins
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Edition: First Trade Paper Edition
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Dimensions: 140 x 208 x 36 (w x l x h)
Pages: 484

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'Stimulating, encyclopedic, and often downright funny, this is a book worth remembering.' --Stephen O'Shea, Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada) 'A lively, full-to-bursting history of the turbulent tenth century in Europe...Collins presents chaotic upheaval across Europe in an organized and riveting fashion.' --Kirkus (starred review) The tenth century dawned in violence and disorder. Charlemagne's empire was in ruins, most of Spain had been claimed by Moorish invaders, and even the papacy in Rome was embroiled in petty, provincial conflicts. The stability once provided by Imperial Rome had dissolved, leaving a perilous landscape behind. Yet the story of the tenth century is the story of our culture's birth. This was the moment that civilization emerged from the Dark Ages into the light of day. The Birth of the West tells the story of a transformation from chaos to order, exploring the alien landscape of Europe in transition. It thoroughly renovates older conceptions of feudalism and what medieval life was actually like.
The result is a wholly-new vision of how civilization sprang from the unlikeliest of origins, and proof that our tenth-century ancestors are not as remote as we might think. 'The Birth of the West is a re-making of what we think we know about the end of the Dark Ages. It is also the gate to the utterly unexpected cosmos o Please click here to ask a question
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