Mohammed and Charlemagne

ISBN-10: 0486420116

ISBN-13: 9780486420110

Edition: 2001

Authors: Henri Pirenne
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Description: Remarkable classic that developed the revolutionary theory of how the advance and influence of Islam caused the Europe of the Roman Empire to evolve into the Europe of the Middle Ages. A masterly study that is essential reading for history students and medievalists. "... an important ... seminal book, worthy to close one of the most distinguished careers in European scholarship."--Saturday Review of Literature.

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/28/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Belgian-born historian Henry Pirenne spent most of his professional life as professor of history at the University of Ghent. During World War I, he was a leader of Belgian passive resistance and spent several years as a hostage of the Germans. As a historian Pirenne centered his attention on the urban development of the Low Countries during the medieval period. In Medieval Cities, published in 1925, he argues that medieval urban development grew out of regional fortresses. With the economic revival beginning in the tenth century, city and town life expanded. These communities created their own laws, allowing the development of individual freedoms. Pirenne is best remembered, however, for the "Pirenne thesis" about the foundations of European civilization, which he put forth in his 1937 work Mohammed and Charlemagne. The thesis is that the great event that pushed Europeans into the formation of their own civilization was not the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century but the Islamic conquest of much of the Mediterranean.

Preface
Note
Western Europe Before Islam
The Continuation of the Mediterranean Civilization in the West After the Germanic Invasions
"Romania" before the Germans
The Invasions
The Germans in "Romania"
The Germanic States in the West
Justinian (527-565)
The Economic and Social Situation After the Invasions and the Mediterranean Navigation
Personal Property and the Soil
Navigation in the East. Syrians and Jews
Inland Commerce
Money and the Monetary Circulation
Intellectual Life After the Invasions
The Tradition of Antiquity
The Church
Art
The Secular Character of Society
Conclusion
Islam and the Carolingians
The Expansion of Islam in the Mediterranean Basin
The Islamic Invasion
The closing of the Western Mediterranean
Venice and Byzantium
The Carolingian Coup D'etat and the Volte-Face of the Papacy
The Merovingian Decadence
The Carolingian Mayors of the Palace
Italy, the Pope, and Byzantium. The volte-face of the Papacy
The New Empire
The Beginnings of the Middle Ages
Economic and Social Organization
Political Organization
Intellectual Civilization
Conclusion
Index
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