294 pages | 21 B/W Illus.
This posthumous work of the renowned scholar Henri Pirenne (originally published in 1939) offered a new and decisive explanation of the evolution of Europe from the time of Constantine to that of Charlemagne. His revolutionary ideas overthrew many of the most cherished conceptions concerning the Middle Ages: namely that "the Germanic invasions destroyed neither the Mediterranean unity of the ancient world, nor the essential features of Roman culture" and that "the cause of the break with the tradition of antiquity was the advance of Islam…"
"The wealth of proof and illustration with which Pirenne develops his positions is amazing." The Spectator
The Continuation of the Mediterranean Civilization in the West after the Germanic Invasions
The Economic and Social Situation after the Invasions and the Mediterranean Navigation
Intellectual Life After the Invasions
The Expanison of Islam in the Mediterranean Basin
The Carolingian Coup d'Etat and the Volte-Face of the Papacy
The Beginnings of the Middle Ages