A Short History of the Middle Ages, Fourth Edition

A Short History of the Middle Ages, Fourth Edition

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By Barbara H. Rosenwein
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2014
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384 Pages
ISBN 9781442606111
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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 70 full-color plates, 46 maps, and 13 genealogies, many of them new to this edition. 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. This edition includes three "Seeing the Middle Ages" features, each discussing a work of art in depth: An Ivory Diptych of Christ and the Virgin, Saint Luke, Gospel Book of Otto III; and A Shrine Madonna. 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).

Barbara H. Rosenwein is Professor in the Department of History at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of several books, including Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages (2006), Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe (1999), and Reading the Middle Ages: Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World (second edition, 2014).
List 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)

Part I: Three Cultures from One

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)

Part II: The European Take-Off

5. The Expansion of Europe (c.1050-c.1150)

6. Institutionalizing Aspirations (c.1150-c.1250)

7. Discordant Harmonies (c.1250-c.1350)

8. Catastrophe and Creativity (c.1350-c.1500)

Appendix: Lists
     Late Roman Emperors
     Byzantine Emperors
     Popes and Antipopes to 1500
     Ottoman Emirs and Sultans
The 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

For additional resources, including hundreds of study questions, maps, genealogies, figures, lists of emperors and popes, and a glossary, visit History Matters at www.utphistorymatters.com.