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A history of the Middle Ages

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Joseph Dahmus recounts the decline of the Roman Empire, the triumph and ascendancy of Christianity, the turmoil of Western Europe besieged by barbarians and Moslem, the emergence of new nations, the rise and fall of kings and dynasties, the development of the feudal system, the waging of the Crusades, and the founding of guilds, cities and universities. In so doing, he giv

Hardcover, 408 pages
Published November 6th 1995 by Barnes & Noble Books (first published 1995)
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Jul 22, 2014 Lynne rated it it was ok
The author knows how to write well, but not how to put an entire book together well. It is unfortunate that he so often dances between decades and centuries to retrace things he already covered. This is not overly surprising though, given that he is trying to cover such a large chunk of history within 400 pages. I would gladly try this author again if I find he is writing about a more limited time frame.
Mar 01, 2014 Chuck rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Good, generalist history of the Middle Ages. Not an authoritative source, but certainly a much better introduction, with some depth, than say Wikipedia, or lighter popular histories.
Dec 18, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
For once, a book that is nothing more and nothing less than its title promises. An informative, almost casual description of 1500 years of history as if provided by a cordial professor who is pretending his class is interested.

Nov 27, 2009 §-- rated it really liked it
I read this in high school and it was extremely informative.
snooze, the middle ages presented in the most boring way imaginable
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