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By John M. Riddle, Winston Black

ISBN-10: 1442246847

ISBN-13: 9781442246843

This transparent and finished textual content covers the center a while from the classical period to the past due medieval interval. distinct historian John Riddle offers a cogent research of the rulers, wars, and events—both traditional and human—that outlined the medieval period. Taking a vast geographical standpoint, Riddle contains northern and jap Europe, Byzantine civilization, and the Islamic states. every one, he convincingly exhibits, provided values and institutions—religious devotion, toleration and intolerance, legislation, methods of considering, and altering roles of women—that presaged modernity. as well as conventional issues of pen, sword, and note, the writer explores different using forces similar to technological know-how, faith, and expertise in ways in which past textbooks haven't. He additionally examines such often-overlooked concerns as medieval gender roles and drugs and seminal occasions corresponding to the crusades from the vantage aspect of either Muslims and japanese and western Christians.

In addition to a radical chronological narrative, the textual content bargains humanizing beneficial properties to interact scholars. every one bankruptcy opens with a theme-setting vignette in regards to the lives of normal and remarkable humans. The publication additionally introduces scholars to key controversies and topics in historiography by way of that includes in each one bankruptcy a renowned medieval historian and the way his or her principles have formed modern considering the center a while. Richly illustrated with colour plates, this vigorous, attractive booklet will immerse readers within the medieval international, an period that formed the basis for the fashionable world.

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The chapter concludes with a discussion of the various theories of why that political power came to an end. What Made Rome? Estimates of the Roman Empire’s population hover around 80 million, with most people living in its eastern half, an area east of the Greek mainland, with the Western Empire considered the land west from Italy. Indeed, for all of Europe (including the non-Roman regions of Germany, Scandinavia, and eastern Europe), the estimated population is between 33 and 37 million around the time of Augustus.

Riddle, with the assistance of Winston Black. Description: Second edition. | Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015037144 | ISBN 9781442246843 (hardcover : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781442246850 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781442246867 (electronic) Subjects: LCSH: Middle Ages—Textbooks. | Civilization, Medieval—Textbooks. 48-1992. Printed in the United States of America To Erika, my daughter, and Heather, my granddaughter Contents List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction to the Second Edition Part I: Slow Transition from Classical to Medieval World Chapter 1: The Transformation of Classical Civilization: The Political and Economic Story through the Fifth Century CE What Made Rome?

What were the strengths that held this vast and diverse empire together? Emperor as Unifying Force: The old Roman religion (which began to fade after exposure to the Greeks in the third and second centuries BCE) had no practice of deifying living human beings, but it did include the belief that certain heroes (for example, Romulus, Rome’s founder) became gods at their deaths. Slowly, despite some resistance, it became the practice to acknowledge the emperor as divine in his lifetime. The influence of the East played a large role: Egypt and Syria had a long tradition of seeing rulers as deities, and gradually the concept of the emperor’s divinity spread westward and became a unifying force throughout the empire.

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