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001    181139419 
003    OCoLC 
005    20100818010809.0 
008    080117s2008    nyuab    b    001 0 eng   
010    2008002501 
015    GBA859003|2bnb 
020    9780393060751 (hbk.) 
020    0393060756 (hbk.) 
020    9780393335392 (pbk.) 
020    0393335399 (pbk.) 
035    (OCoLC)181139419 
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050 00 D117|b.W45 2008 
082 00 940.1/2|222 
100 1  Wells, Peter S.|0
245 10 Barbarians to angels :|bthe Dark Ages reconsidered /
       |cPeter S. Wells. 
250    First edition. 
264  1 New York :|bW.W. Norton,|c[2008] 
264  4 |c©2008 
300    xv, 240 pages :|billustrations, maps ;|c22 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-215) and 
505 00 |tBetween antiquity and the Middle Ages: what happened? --
       |gThe|tdecline of the Roman Empire --|gThe|tpeoples of 
       Europe --|tChilderic and other early Dark Age kings --
       |tWhat happened to the Roman cities? --|tRoman Londinium 
       to Saxon Lundenwic: continuity and change (A.D. 43-800) --
       |tNew centers in the North --|gThe|trevolution in the 
       countryside --|tCrafting tools and ornaments for the new 
       societies --|tRoyal exchange and everyday trade --|tSpread
       of the new religion --|tArts, scholarship, and education -
       -|tCharlemagne's elephant and the history of Europe. 
520    A surprising look at the least-appreciated yet profoundly 
       important period of European history: the so-called Dark 
       Ages.The barbarians who destroyed the glory that was Rome 
       demolished civilization along with it, and for the next 
       four centuries the peasants and artisans of Europe barely 
       held on. Random violence, mass migration, disease, and 
       starvation were the only way of life. This is the picture 
       of the Dark Ages that most historians promote. But 
       archaeology tells a different story. Peter S. Wells, one 
       of the world's leading archaeologists, surveys the 
       archaeological record to demonstrate that the Dark Ages 
       were not dark at all. The kingdoms of Christendom that 
       emerged starting in the ninth century sprang from a robust,
       previously little-known, European culture, albeit one that
       left behind few written texts. This recently recognized 
       culture achieved heights in artistry, technology, craft 
       production, commerce, and learning. Future assessments of 
       the period between Rome and Charlemagne will need to 
       incorporate this fresh new picture. 
650  0 Middle Ages.|0
650  0 Civilization, Medieval.|0
651  0 Europe|xHistory|y476-1492.|0
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