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The Dark Ages

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This is the sixth volume in Isaac Asimov's brilliant histories for young people. This volume deals with Northern Europe "to discuss the Franks and the Goths, who came from the north to spell the end of Mediterranean domination."
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Houghton Mifflin (Boston) (first published 1968)
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Terence
This book definitely helped establish me on the course my life took. Reading about the "Dark Ages," I discovered that there was a fascinating world between the Romans and the Renaissance.

Of course, it oversimplified the era and it's hopelessly outdated considering the research that has been done in the last 35+ years but it gets the basic facts right, and it's a good introduction for a young reader who might otherwise be turned off by history because of the inane textbooks they're (sic) not read...more
Elchriso
As a hardcore history nerd, Issac Asimov writing a history book appealed to me. I really like his style here, very informative and nearly saturated with information, but avoiding the overly academic and nearly impenetratable language historians can be noutorious for. Occasionally he'll stray a little off course and let you knoe how X historical event or people led to a modern day word in the english language, which makes for some nice trivia to compliment learning about a rather well... dark per...more
Curtiss
Mar 13, 2013 Curtiss rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
The Good Doctor presents the history of The Dark Ages, from the first appearance of Germanic tribes in the Baltic in 1,000 B.C. until the end of Europe's Dark Age with the selection of Gerbert as Pope Sylvester II in 999 A.D.- writing in his usual inimitably, lucid and witty style. This is another one of the Good Doctor's many enjoyable and informative narratives covering the history of civilization.

They each share his entertaining style and reveal his appreciation of the sweep of grand events,...more
LeAnn
Asimov again succeeds in surveying a thousand years of history, from the final centuries of a recognizable western Roman empire to the lifting of the "dark" as the Middle Ages moves away from the disintegration of that empire and toward a new civilization.

Of course, some readers might complain at the glancing discussion of social and economic conditions during this period, but that would be unfair. Asimov manages to weave in some telling details beyond those of church and state, including the in...more
Tekbyhek
Jun 12, 2007 Tekbyhek is currently reading it
Recommends it for: interested in HIstory, brief overview
This is the 5th in the series of 14 Asimov's historys I have read
I've already read The Greeks: A Great Adventure, The Roman Republic, The Roman Empire and the Birth of the United States.
I have the Shaping of France, The Shaping of England,
The Egyptians, The Near East: 10,000 Years of History,
The Land of Cannan, Constantnople: The Forgotten Empire
The Shaping of North Ameerica, Our Federal Union, and The Golden Door to look forward to.
Michelle
I was pleasantly surprised at Asimov's respectful handling of church history, given his personal worldview. This is a terrific, readable, and insightful books.
Joanna
I read this for history and found it to be very well written and interesting but at times the size rather daunting.
Joan
Jul 29, 2012 Joan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history lovers
This was not one of Asimov's best books. However, this was a huge period in terms of time, lots of players involved and relatively poor evidence remaining since as Asimov noted several times, it was a period where learning and recording information decreased dramatically. Many places went back to trade and barter systems. He made a fascinating point that when we learn about the feudal system, we are given a sanitized version. In reality, it was not nearly as explicitly laid out as it is taught,...more
Nate
The first history of the Dark Ages I've read. Interesting to combine it with Fukuyama's "End of History.." as so many of the conquering kings are seen to be good examples of metathymos.
Michele bookloverforever
for an astro physicist, Dr. Asimov had a real grasp of this time period.
Frank Poe
One of my all time favorite history books.
Daniel Jordan
It opened my eyes to this time period
Pablitocl
Brillante hasta decir basta.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te...more
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