The Worlds of Medieval Europe
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The Worlds of Medieval Europe

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The Worlds of Medieval Europe updates and revises traditional textbook representations of the Middle Ages by balancing the conventional focus on political affairs, especially those of northern Europe, with equally detailed attention to medieval society as it developed in the Mediterranean. The result is a nuanced portrayal of a multifarious western world that was sharply d...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 22nd 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 16th 2002)
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Such a great textbook to learn the basis of medieval Europe. I read this book for my medieval history class, which was actually taught by Clifford Backman, and was impressed at its content. Although this was considered as a textbook, it is not a normal textbook. Backman inserts witty statements and this book was written like a conversation. There are many interesting points he makes and his word usage was phenomenal. I would recommend this book to any adult who wants to learn medieval history in...more
Mark Anderson
I have chosen Backman as the narrative historical textbook for my upcoming medieval history course at Cal State San Bernardino; it was also assigned in the church history course at Yale Divinity School for which I was a teaching assistant in 2011. Backman blends political events with a nuanced understanding of structural history successfully keeps European history contextualized by the parallel development of the Byzantine and Islamic worlds. I highly recommend this book as a single-volume intro...more
A very good intro to medieval history. It can be a bit light on substantive detail (especially on the political end) and it rushes its coverage of the 14th and 15th centuries, but its tone is great: intelligent but never stuffy, light and engaging but never trivial. He's a little bit mean to Dante though, and that makes me sad.
This is an excellent overview of the Medieval Period in Europe. Wide-ranging, engagingly written, and with an excellent list of sources at the end of each chapter.
Not bad as textbooks go, but the guy footnoted "coitus interruptus" saying, "At last, a piece of Latin I don't have to translate!" That's just sad.
First college textbook that I was required to read cover-to-cover.
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