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Politics and Power in Early Medieval Europe
Alsace and the Frankish Realm, 600–1000

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521114486

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  • In this powerfully argued, original and well-balanced study, Hans Hummer investigates the operation of political power in early medieval Europe, from 600 to 1000AD. Focusing on the region of Alsace, Hummer elucidates the networks of monasteries and kin-groups that formed the basis of the local political order and demonstrates the importance of monastic control. Standing on a recurrent political fault line, Alsace is a fascinating case study upon which to base an exploration of the relationship between local and central power over these four centuries.

    • Highly original case study on the development of an early medieval political structure in Alsace
    • Comprehensively explores the breadth of original evidence from the region, from charters to Old High German literature
    • Well-balanced and stimulating argument that fully engages the reader
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...[W]ell written in clear, and often elegant, prose...This book makes an important contribution to the growing body of newer scholarship on the Carolingian Empire...It deserves to be considered in equal measure by historians interested in the connection between monastic reform movements and the transformation of territorial lordships and familial self-perception in the eleventh century."
    -John Eldevik, Pomona College, Canadian Journal of History

    "Hans Hummer's book is a noteworthy addition to the work of historians focusing on the regional history of the Medieval West, particularly during the Carolingian period."
    -Boris Todorov, Comitatus

    "Hummer's book is an important addition to our knowledge of east Francia."
    -John B. Freed, Illinois State University, Journal of Medieval Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521114486
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 8 maps 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The late Merovingian order
    2. Conquest and continuity
    3. The Carolingians and ecclesiastical property
    4. Reaction and resistance
    5. The politics of old German
    6. Imperial unity and regional power
    7. The late Carolingian order
    8. The tenth-century transformation

  • Author

    Hans J. Hummer, Wayne State University
    Hans J. Hummer is Assistant Professor of History, Wayne State University. He has published articles in a number of journals including Early Medieval Europe, Francia and Deutsches Archiv.

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