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Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 by Chris Wickham

Reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz
The Atlantic Monthly

"The Roman empire tends to be seen as a whole whereas the early middle ages tends to be seen as a collection of regional histories, roughly corresponding to the land-areas of modern nation states. As a result, early medieval history is much more fragmented, and there have been few convincing syntheses of socio-economic change in the post-Roman world since the 1930s. In recent decades, the rise of early medieval archaeology has also transformed our source-base, but this has not been adequately integrated into analyses of documentary history in almost any country." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.




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