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Origins of the Medieval World

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  10 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 1st 1958 by Stanford University Press
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Lauren Albert
Jul 10, 2016 Lauren Albert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-european
It was such a relief to read this book after giving up on two really long ones. It was not because it was so short (112 pages), though that helped. It was because it was written with clarity. I was starting to be afraid that the problem was with me rather than just a bad coincidence on hitting two books I found unreadable at the same time.

Bark is first of all arguing with Henri Pirenne's belief that it was the Muslim invasions that brought on the end of the classical world and the beginning of t
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Jun 19, 2012 Ian Hodge rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval, economics
A stimulating introduction to the rise of the medieval world. The collapse of the Roman Empire was indicated, among other things, by high taxes, monetary debasement, a refusal to work requiring a continuing supply of slave labor, limitation of technological advancement because it would produce "unemployment", and the overall attempt to provide national unity by political action.

What replaced the failed Empire was a system that gave relatively more freedom, especially as Christianity became the d
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