The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages

ISBN : 9780198767497

Ian Wood
400 Pages
154 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2016
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The Early Middle Ages, which marked the end of the Roman Empire and the creation of the kingdoms of Western Europe, was a period central to the formation of modern Europe. This period has often been drawn into a series of discourses that are more concerned with the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries than with the distant past. In The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages, Ian Wood explores how Western Europeans have looked back to the Middle Ages to discover their origins and the origins of their society. Using historical records and writings about the Fall of Rome and the Early Middle Ages, Wood reveals how these influenced modern Europe and the way in which the continent thought about itself. He asks, and answers, the important question: why is early-medieval history, or indeed any pre-modern history, important? This volume promises to add to the debate on the significance of medieval history in the modern world.


1 300-700
2 The Franks and the State of France
3 The Old German Constitution
4 The Barbarians and the Fall of Rome
5 Empire and Aftermath
6 Nation, Class, and Race
7 The Lombards and the Risorgimento
8 Heirs of the Martyrs
9 Language, Law, and National Boundaries
10 Romans, Barbarians, and Prussians
11 Teutons, Romans, and 'Scientific' History
12 About Belgium: The Impact of the Great War
13 Past Settlements: Interpretations of the Migration Period from 1918-45
14 Christian Engagement in the Interwar Period
15 The Emergence of Late Antiquity
16 Presenting a New Europe

About the author: 

Ian Wood is Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Leeds.

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