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The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages$
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Ian Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199650484

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650484.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 300–700
The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages

Ian Wood

Oxford University Press

In 300 the Roman Empire was still flourishing. In 700 it had been replace in Western Europe by a number of kingdoms ruled by kings of supposedly Germanic origin. The chapter provides a brief narrative of the change. It sets out some of the main lines of interpretation that have been offered, beginning in the period of the Reformation, but more especially with the Ancien Régime. It stresses the importance of the context in which historical interpretation is written. It then defines the scope of the rest of the book.

Keywords:   Roman Empire, Barbarian kingdoms, Historiography

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