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The Birth of Europe


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Table of Contents

Series Editor s Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Maps xii

Introduction 1

Preludes: Before the Middle Ages 6

1 The Conception of Europe (Fourth to Eighth Centuries) 14

2 An Aborted Europe: The Carolingian World (Eighth to Tenth Centuries) 29

3 A Dream of Europe and the Potential Europe of the Year 1000 40

4 Feudal Europe (Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries) 49

5 The Fine Europe of Towns and Universities (Thirteenth Century) 99

6 The Autumn of the Middle Ages or the Spring of a New Age? 154

Conclusion 194

Chronology 202

A Selective Thematic Bibliography 211

Index 252

About the Author

Jacques Le Goff is Professor of History at L Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is among France s great historians, and is considered internationally to be one of the foremost scholars of his generation. He has written widely on medieval history, and his books include Medieval Civilization (Blackwell, 1990), Intellectuals and the Middle Ages (Blackwell, 1993), and The Medieval World (1997).


"Recommended ... .Illustrate[s] the continuing differences on how scholars treat the past, differences found among early modern scholars as well as medievalists." (Sixteenth Century Journal, Summer 2009) "A book that never fails to be informative, readable and provocative. [Le Goff] has been the bravest and best of champions for medieval history. This book, written by its author at the age of 80, is in every sense an inspiration." (BBC History Magazine) "[A] superb and necessary book. This provocative assessment from a lifetime of scholarship might help us to place ourselves, not just territorially, but in that other precious element of history: time." (The Guardian) "Le Goff authoritatively traces the initial development of virtually all aspects of modern society." (The Morning Star) "A fine survey of medieval Europe that will benefit both specialists and non-specialists alike." (History: Reviews of New Books) "Le Goff's book not only embodies his long-term project of a new political history but is a politically engaged history in the most valuable sense: it should be on the compulsory reading list of politicians everywhere." (Reviews in History)

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