Early Medieval Europe 300-1000, 2nd edition
'A large and intricate body of fundamental research on the narrative sources, deployed with clarity and expertise for which many readers will be extremely grateful.' - Times Higher Education Supplement This is the new second edition of Roger Collins' classic textbook history of early medieval Europe - fully updated and revised to take account of the latest scholarship. The author provides a synoptic, yet detailed, account of the centuries during which Europe changed from being an abstract geographical expression into a new, culturally coherent, if politically divided, entity. It examines how the social, economic and cultural structures of Antiquity were replaced by their medieval equivalents and also seeks to define the European context, by looking at those external forces, such as the nomadic confederacies of Central Asia and the Islamic empire of the Arabs, which helped to shape it through conflict.