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

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

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A narrative history of the origins of Western civilization argues that Europe was transformed in the tenth century from a continent rife with violence and ignorance to a continent on the rise.

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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. To many historians, it was a prime example of the ignorance and uncertainty of the Dark Ages. Yet according to historian Paul Collins, the story of the tenth century is the story of our culture’s birth, of the emergence of our civilization 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 is a fascinating
narrative that 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.


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& Taylor

Offering a new interpretation, this illuminating narrative history of the origins of Western civilization argues that Europe was born out of the depths of the Dark Ages as it tells the story of a transformation from chaos to order, renovating older conceptions of feudalism and what medieval life was actually like.

Publisher: New York, NY : PublicAffairs, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610390132
161039013X
Branch Call Number: 940.144 COLLI
Characteristics: ix, 484 pages : maps, genealogical tables ; 25 cm

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