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Mohammed and Charlemagne
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Dover Pubns
Publication date August 28, 2001
Pages 293
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780486420110
ISBN-10 0486420116
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
Summaries and Reviews
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The final work of the great Belgian historian Henri Pirenne, this remarkable classic — published after his death — offers a revolutionary perspective on how Europe under the influence of a Roman Empire centered in Constantinople evolved into the Europe of Charlemagne and the Middle Ages.
Departing from the standard view that Germanic invasions obliterated the Roman Empire, Pirenne advances the radical new thesis that "the cause of the break with the tradition of antiquity was the rapid and unexpected advance of Islam," and event of historical proportions that prevented the western Mediterranean from being what it had always been: a thoroughfare of commerce and thought. It became instead what Pirenne refers to as "a Musulman lake," thereby causing "the axis of life [to shift] northwards from the Mediterranean" for the first time in history.
Brilliant and controversial, this volume garnered these words of praise from the critics: "It is a dull reader indeed who does not recognize the light of genius in the pages of this book, without doubt a landmark in contemporary historiography." — G. C. Boyce, Annals of the American Academy. "… Pirenne's crowning triumph. The fire of his genius, the boldness of his mind, his profound learning and vivid pen make this volume pleasant reading." — Commonweal. "… an important, seminal book, worthy to close one of the most distinguished careers in European scholarship." — Saturday Review of Literature.
Pirenne's masterly study is essential reading for history students, medievalists, and general readers with an interest in the decline of the Roman Empire and the beginnings of the Middle Ages.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780389201342 Book cover for 9780415440936 Book cover for 9781597401067
 
1 edition from Routledge (December 7, 2007)
9780415440936 | details & prices | 293 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $195.00
About: This posthumous work of the renowned scholar Henri Pirenne (originally published in 1939) offered a new and decisive explanation of the evolution of Europe from the time of Constantine to that of Charlemagne.
from Barnes & Noble Imports (June 1, 1968)
9780389201342 | details & prices | List price $27.00
About: Remarkable classic that developed the revolutionary theory of how the advance and influence of Islam caused the Europe of the Roman Empire to evolve into the Europe of the Middle Ages.
from Acls History E-Book Project (December 31, 1899)
9781597401067 | details & prices | 304 pages | List price $44.00
About: This posthumous work of the renowned scholar Henri Pirenne (originally published in 1939) offered a new and decisive explanation of the evolution of Europe from the time of Constantine to that of Charlemagne.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780486420110 Book cover for 9781597404877
 
from Acls History E-Book Project (November 30, 2008); titled "Mohammed & Charlemagne"
9781597404877 | details & prices | 293 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.96 lbs | List price $29.00
About: Remarkable classic that developed the revolutionary theory of how the advance and influence of Islam caused the Europe of the Roman Empire to evolve into the Europe of the Middle Ages.
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from Dover Pubns (August 28, 2001)
9780486420110 | details & prices | 293 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $15.95
About: The final work of the great Belgian historian Henri Pirenne, this remarkable classic — published after his death — offers a revolutionary perspective on how Europe under the influence of a Roman Empire centered in Constantinople evolved into the Europe of Charlemagne and the Middle Ages.

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