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The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages

Ian Wood


Modern Europe has been seen as having its origins in the Fall of the Roman Empire and the Barbarian Invasions of the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries. As a result, the period has been drawn into a series of discourses that are more concerned with the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries than with the distant past. During the Ancien Regime the Franks were discussed as providing a key to the social structure of the Age. During the Risorgimento the Lombards were thought to present a model of the oppression of Italy by occupying forces. The early Germanic peoples were also drawn in to ... More

Keywords: Historiography, Fall of the Roman Empire, Barbarian Invasions, Europe, Ancien Régime, Risorgimento, Germany, Race, Nation, Late Antiquity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199650484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Wood, author
Professor of Early Medieval History, University of Leeds