A Short History of the Middle Ages, Volume I: From c.300 to c.1150, Fourth Edition
Barbara H. Rosenwein's bestselling survey text continues to stand out by integrating the history of three medieval civilizations (European, Byzantine, and Islamic) in a lively narrative that is complemented beautifully by full-color plates, maps, and genealogies. The fourth edition begins with an essay entitled "Why the Middle Ages Matter Today," and the book now covers East Central Europe in some depth. New plates have been added along with a new "Seeing the Middle Ages" feature. The sections for further reading have been updated, and ancillary materials, including study questions, can be found on the History Matters website (www.utphistorymatters.com).
- Division: Higher Education
- World Rights
- Page Count: 240 pages
- Dimensions: 8.0in x 0.5in x 10.0in
ReviewsThe latest edition of A Short History of the Middle Ages has everything you want in a medieval survey text: the narrative is pithy, the maps are plentiful, and visual culture is fully integrated into the historical context with numerous, beautiful reproductions. Simplified genealogies are presented alongside the discussion of dynasties, as well as in the appendix, and there are useful summaries of key events at the end of each chapter. It is a rare gem of a book that is sure to satisfy the needs and please the minds of students and instructors.
Barbara E. Logan, University of Wyoming
A Short History of the Middle Ages fully embraces the eastern portions of the European continent and the wider context of the Byzantine and Muslim Mediterranean worlds, making Rosenwein's dynamic account of the fitful emergence of medieval Europe the best on the market. The wonderfully rendered illustrations are deployed as learning tools and are intimately integrated into the book's smart yet accessible narrative. Timelines, maps, genealogies, and the accompanying website enhance learning and teaching.
John J. Contreni, Purdue University
The medieval world comes alive in this outstanding volume that engages students with a compelling historical narrative. Rosenwein's expert vision integrates exquisite illustrations and beautiful maps into a text that ably meets the instructor's academic demands. Well-researched and wide-ranging coverage of religious, cultural, regional, political, and social developments explode myths of a closed and colorless medieval world. A Short History of the Middle Ages is a real gem that blends utter readability with an impressive mastery of scholarship that will encourage further study.
Janice Liedl, Laurentian University
Author InformationBarbara H. Rosenwein is Professor Emerita, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of many books, including Generations of Feeling: A History of Emotions (600–1700), What Is the History of Emotions? (with Riccardo Cristiani), The Middle Ages in 50 Objects (with Elina Gertsman), A Short History of the Middle Ages, and Reading the Middle Ages: Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World.
Table of contentsList of Maps
List of Plates
List of Genealogies
List of Figures
Abbreviations, Date Conventions, Websites
Why the Middle Ages Matter Today
1. Prelude: The Roman World Transformed (c.300-c.600)
2. The Emergence of Sibling Cultures (c.600-c.750)
3. Creating New Identities (c.750-c.900)
4. Political Communities Reordered (c.900-c.1050)
5. The Expansion of Europe (c.1050-c.1150)
Late Roman Emperors
Popes and Antipopes to 1500
Ottoman Emirs and Sultans
Subjects and Courses