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Drawing at the services of 26 distinctive students, this crucial quantity covers the key concerns within the research of medieval Europe, highlighting the numerous impression the period of time had on cultural varieties and associations vital to ecu identification

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Those that did were predominantly situated in frontier provinces, where in some cases organized Christianity itself disappeared, as in Britain, where urban discontinuity is greatest. But the presence of bishop and Church within a former Roman city did not mean the continuation of city life, and archaeological evidence for city-dwellers or urban activity is hard to come by on many sites, particularly north of the Alps. Even in Italy, where some level of continued urban occupation cannot be denied, there has been heated controversy between those who would see the post-Roman period in cataclysmic terms of collapse, and those who would see a more complex process of transformation.

Colgrave and R. Mynors (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969). , “The ‘Feudal Revolution’ ”, Past and Present, 142 (1994), pp. 6–42; with comments by Dominique Barthelemy, Timothy Reuter, Stephen D. White, and Chris Wickham in Past and Present, 152 (1996) and 155 (1997). ,” French History, 14 (2000). Bloch, Marc, Feudal Society, 2 vols. (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961). economies and societies in early medieval western europe 33 Bonnassie, Pierre, From Slavery to Feudalism in South Western Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991).

This points to an alternative path of social and political adaptation, with some leading Roman landowners militarizing and merging with the entourages of new barbarian kings. These changes may be the most easily detected in the written record, but there can be little doubt that they were part of a wider process of demographic and economic transformation. Classical cities may have been first and foremost administrative and political centers, but these functions, and the resultant clustering of landowning activities, had important economic consequences, and led to significant levels of population being engaged in non-agricultural activity.

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