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This book offers a concise yet detailed political history of medieval Central Europe as it traces the history of the Medieval Empire from its inception as a kingdom during the early 10th century, to its formation as Roman Empire, its support of the papacy, its struggle with the papacy for supremacy, the shift of its centre of gravity to Italy and its demise into particularist parts by the middle of the 13th century. It surveys the three dynasties which ruled the Post-Carolingian Empire and follows the political emergence of a disjointed region through its crystallization into an independent kingdom to become by the year 1000 the strongest military and political power in Europe, ultimately called upon to stabilize the political unrest in Italy. As Roman emperors the kings ordered the affairs of the city of Rome and bolstered the spiritual and political position of the popes until several competent popes turned the papal dependency into its primacy and enforced the subordination of the secular authorities. The Crusades helped to play great military and political power into papal hands, so that the secular authority declined, as the monarchy lost interest in Germany and became focused on Italy and especially on Sicily.
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While obtaining my various degrees in 1959, 1965 and 1968 from the University of Toronto and Type A Teaching Certificate from the Ontario College of Education, I taught for the Toronto Board of Education (French, German, Ancient and Medieval History and Instrumental Music), from 1961-65, during my last year as Head of the French Department. In 1968 I accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Brock University, St. Catharines, where by 1982 I became Professor of German and Cultural Studies. Between 1982-2000, I was Visiting Professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany, teaching courses in German Cultural History to foreign students in the International Summer Programme. I was awarded the Medal of the University of Freiburg as well the Medal of the cities of Basel and Freiburg for the promotion of international understanding. I retired in 2002 and was named Professor Emeritus in 2003. - The Prehistory of Germanic Europe (Yale UP, New Haven and London 1983) - The Romans in Central Europe (Yale UP, New Haven and London 1985) - The Germanic Realms in Central Europe, 400-750 (Lang, New York, Bern, Frankfurt a.M. 2000) - Tools, Weapons and Ornaments. Germanic Material Culture in Pre-Carolingian Central Europe, 400-750 (Brill, Leiden, Boston, Koln 2001) - The Carolingians in Central Europe. Their History, Arts and Architecture. A Cultural History of Central Europe, 750-900 (Brill, Leiden 2004).
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