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Ethnic Identity, Memory, and Use of the Past in Italy’s ‘Dark Ages’

ISBN 9781032101019
Published June 1, 2022 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

This volume examines the Italian peninsula in the early Middle Ages by focusing on research fields such as ethnic identity, memory, and use of the past. Particular attention is devoted to the way some authors were influenced by their own ‘present’ in their reconstruction of the past.

The political and cultural fragmentation of Italy during the early Middles Ages, created by the Lombards’ invasion of a part of the Peninsula in the late-sixth century and early-seventh century, Charlemagne’s conquest of a part of the Lombard Kingdom in 774, and by the weakening of the Byzantine Empire in the eighth and ninth centuries, make this part of Europe a special area for exploring continuities and discontinuities between the Roman and the post-Roman periods in Western Europe. Across the volume, Berto examines the problems that the features of primary sources and their scarcity pose to their interpretations.

Ethnic Identity, Memory, and Use of the Past in Italy’s ‘Dark Ages’ is the ideal resource for upper level undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars interested in the relationship between Italy and Europe during the Middle Ages.

Table of Contents

1. Ethnic identities  2. Identity texts, gender, and ethnicity  3. The Lombard invasion and the settlement of the Lombards in Italy  4. The frontiers between the Lombard Kingdom and Byzantine Italy  5. Memory and the use of the past in Lombard southern Italy  6. Writing a book about the Barbarians in Italy during Fascism and reading it from 1940s to early 2000s  7. Modern history and early medieval history

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Luigi Andrea Berto is Professor of History at Western Michigan University, United States. His research focuses on Medieval Italy and the Mediterranean, with a special interest in the use of the past in the medieval and modern periods, and the relationships between Christians and Muslims.