Understanding the Middle Ages
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424 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

50 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

Understanding the Middle Ages

The Transformation of Ideas and Attitudes in the Medieval World

by Harald Kleinschmidt

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This radical study traces the transformation of ideas in western Europe during more than one thousand years between the fifth and sixteenth centuries.
Kleinschmidt approaches the western European middle ages as a modern anthropologist would approach analysis of a remote culture. His objectives have something in common with Le Goff, as he seeks to identify with medieval society and culture without the encumbrance of later historical attitudes.
This radical study traces the transformation of ideas in western Europe during more than one thousand years between the fifth and sixteenth centuries. Its central concern is to interpret and understand changing attitudes towards time, space, the human body, human and social relationships, productivity and distribution, travel, modes of thought, attitudes to the past, ageversus youth, war, faith, and social and political order.
Illustrations and narrative work together in this book to present medieval culture as one shaped by the spoken word and the visual image. Drawing extensively from awide range of primary source material, the breadth and originality of Kleinschmidt's study will have an important influence on scholarly perception of the middle ages, as a period of continual change and continually changing attitudes.

HARALD KLEINSCHMIDT teaches in the College of International Studies at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.

Professor Harald Kleinschmidt is Professor of the History of International Relations and Dean of the Doctoral Program in the International Political Economy at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba-shi, Japan.

"Given such a wide-ranging goal, his work tantalizes as much as it rewards... but he succeeds in subtly suggesting a great deal more than he covers explicitly." CHOICE
"A study that manages to catch some of the ferment and excitement of an age undergoing a vast series of changes in all areas... The reader comes away with a new sense of the dynamics of a long period of history. It is not history unrolled for us like a Bayeux tapestry of fixed events, but history seized in all its dynamism." MEDIUM AEVUM

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9780851159492

February 2003

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Title Details

424 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

50 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press