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The Middle Ages is a term coined around 1450 to describe a thousand years of European History. In this Very Short Introduction, Miri Rubin provides an exploration of the variety, change, dynamism, and sheer complexity that the period covers. From the provinces of the Roman Empire, which became Barbarian kingdoms after c.450-650, to the northern and eastern regions that becThe Middle Ages is a term coined around 1450 to describe a thousand years of European History. In this Very Short Introduction, Miri Rubin provides an exploration of the variety, change, dynamism, and sheer complexity that the period covers. From the provinces of the Roman Empire, which became Barbarian kingdoms after c.450-650, to the northern and eastern regions that became increasingly integrated into Europe, Rubin explores the emergence of a truly global system of communication, conquest, and trade by the end of the era. Presenting an insight into the challenges of life in Europe between 500-1500 -- at all levels of society -- Rubin looks at kingship and family, agriculture and trade, groups and individuals. Conveying the variety of European experiences, while providing a sense of the communication, cooperation, and shared values of the pervasive Christian culture, Rubin looks at the legacies they left behind. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable....

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ISBN : 9780199697298
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Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction Reviews

  • Daniel Wright
    2018-11-28 19:59

    When you try to embark on summarising a thousand-year period of history, you can only start by wondering why it is that it is considered a period of history in its own right, and why it got its name. The 'middle ages' get their name because they are in the middle between the Renaissance and modernity on the one hand, and antiquity on the other. But as most medievalists point out, it is only custom and prejudice that leads us to see big dividing lines between them at all. Or, as this author puts it, there is nothing 'middle' about the middles ages.Unfortunately, though Professor Rubin argues the case for re-considering the middle ages pretty convincingly, this book is not particularly well-written. The style lurches from one fact to another, and a few trite aphorisms break up paragraphs of unimaginative prose. It is clear that she is not accustomed to writing for a popular audience - the main problem is that she makes general points, before illustrating them with specific points of interest, rather than using specific vignettes to introduce general points. The same information is conveyed; the latter technique is rather more memorable.Oh, and by the way, if anyone is interested, the 31st of March is International Hug A Medievalist Day. So make sure you find a medieval historian so you can show your affection. Bless 'em.Chapter 1: The 'Middle' Ages?Chapter 2: People and their lifestylesChapter 3: The big idea: Christian salvationChapter 4: Kingship, lordship, and governmentChapter 5: Exchange, envrionments, and resourcesChapter 6: The 'Middle Ages' of 'others'Chapter 7: The 'Middle Ages' in our daily lives

  • Jackson Cyril
    2018-12-03 23:38

    A quick refresher, but one that also introduces the seasoned, but amateur student of Medieval history to current developments in the field, notably the important work on trade, society and environment. Highly recommended.

  • verbava
    2018-12-06 21:44

    ще один короткий вступ, який не зовсім зрозуміло, чи вступ, бо доволі загальниковий, і якщо не мати в голові заздалегідь якихось деталей про середньовіччя, які можна було б повписувати в те, що тут розказано, то він здебільшого проходить повз. зрозуміло, що вкласти десять (плюс-мінус) століть середньовіччя в сотню сторінок без втрат неможливо, але тут, як на мене, втрачено занадто багато – сам сюжет історії.

  • Al
    2018-11-26 21:57

    Can you give such a short introduction four or five stars? Three stars is nice: nothing revolutionary but very much appreciated.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-24 19:01

    Overall, it was okay. As a beginner to reading texts on the Middle Ages, I found it extremely hard to follow as the author frequently cited historical figures or places which I have no knowledge of. I found this particularly annoying when it was brought up in an anecdotal context as I was left wondering why I cared about the interesting fact that wasn't particularly interesting or relevant to me. There was some redeeming discussions that were particularly interesting but overall, this didn't balance out the discussions that were a grind to read. I'm going to give "A Very Short Introduction" series another chance but I would only recommend this one to someone with a background in Middle Ages literature/study.

  • John Wyss
    2018-12-02 20:00

    Utterly chaotic and unorganized, this is one of the worst "very short introductions| I have read. There were some good information, and I think the author had an extremely difficult task; this is a huge period with lots of different geographies to cover. Writing a full length work would be very hard to cover this material, doing so in such a short format was probably impossible. I think this book might be great as a cliff notes style review of the history... if the reader was already familiar with the subject matter and needed a refresher. However, that is the opposite of what an introduction should be.

  • Allen
    2018-12-14 02:04

    This book is the first one I have read of "a Very Short Introduction" series from Oxford University Press but it will not be the last. www.oup.com/vsi/In about 120 [ages the book gives one an overview of the period from 500 AD to 1500 AD commonly referred to as the Middle Ages, between the Classical age which ended with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and the Modern Age which began with the Renaissance.

  • Jacob Andrews
    2018-12-02 01:03

    Lots of valuable information if you look for it (the beginning section on modern appropriation of the middle ages was pretty neat), but generally this felt like a dumbed-down academic article rather than true book for novices. Very, very dry. Lots of broad sociological information, some of which was interesting, but some too general to be much help. Very little history.

  • Katerina
    2018-12-12 23:54

    I read a little over half. It is short but dry. Thankfully, it is organized such that one can read only the sections one is interested in. The first chapter overviews the Middle Ages. There are also chapters on the people, church, government and business. The final chapter considers how we have benefited from the Middle Ages.

  • Sean
    2018-12-02 19:38

    It felt more like a list of facts than most books in this series.

  • Kimberly Carson
    2018-11-20 19:43

    Dry, but comprehensive