The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization And Cultural Change 950-1350

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This book shows Europe to have been as much a product of a process of conquest and colonization as, in later years, a colonizer beyond its own borders. Concentrates upon the establishment of states by conquest and the peopling of distant countries by immigrants along the peripheries of the European continent. He asks what development in language, law, belief and habit accompanied warfare and settlement, as he explores the formation of racially-mixed societies on the edges of Europe and the ideological justification for aggressive expansion. The theme, however, is not only colonial conquest and settlement, but also the formation of an increasingly homogenous society which, by the end of the Middle Ages, lay poised to enter a yet more expansionary phase of its history - one whose consequences are still around us.

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Robert Bartlett is Professor of Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of Gerald of Wales, 1146-1223 and Trial by Fire and Water.

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1993
"The most stimulating and well-written reassessment of medieval Europe that has appeared for many years."--Eric Christiansen, The New York Review of Books

"Bartlett amasses a wealth of documentation and, unlike other authors, he weaves a rich tapestry of colourful incidents, personalities, and contemporary comment.... A masterful survey of the forces that shaped the West."--Theodore K. Rabb, The Times Literary Supplement

"An absolutely first-rate book.... Bartlett has elucidated the making not only of Europe but of our own country and of the modern world as a whole."--Roger Draper, The New Leader

"Essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the problems of Europe today."--Keith Thomas, Guardian

The Making of Europe is an important book. . . . This excellent discussion of medieval colonial expansion is much overdue. . . . [It] goes a long way toward understanding what is meant by the European mindset and sheds some light on why this mindset spread into the far corners of the globe."--Madelyn B. Dick, History: Reviews of New Books

. . . a useful and illuminating book, marked by breadth of outlook, impressive erudition, and a convincing discussion of the principal forces contributing to the "making of Europe" between the tenth and the fourteenth centuries."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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