Atlas of the Medieval World

Atlas of the Medieval World

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history and definition of the event, group, or idea accompanied by highly detailed maps and frequent color plates of relevant works of art and architecture. A sampling of entries includes Byzantium 700-1000, Byzantine culture, the Abbasid caliphate, the Temple kingdoms in India, the Tang dynasty, Sung China, Africa 1000-1300, the Spanish reconquista, and commercial expansion in the later Middle Ages. This work was first published by Harper Collins in 2003 as The Times Medieval world.
McKitterick (early medieval history, Cambridge U., UK), who authored many of the entries in addition to editing the atlas, provides a broad view of the Middle Ages that eschews an exclusive focus on political developments and the western Christian arena to write instead on commerce, city planning and development, art and culture, and the lives and histories of diverse peoples in the eastern and western Christian, Muslim, Chinese, Japanese, Hindu, and African worlds. Entries provide a
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 0195221583 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 909.070223 MCK
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm

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Mar 03, 2014

The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History --- by Colin McEvedy. When the words “Medieval” and “Atlas” leap out at me, I see a large format volume elegantly filled with ancient maps, luxuriously illustrated with reproductions of hand drawn, hand coloured, perhaps even limned in gilt. I expect the prime meridian to pass through Jerusalem. In the oceans there be drawings of strange and fabulous creatures and the warning “here there be monsters. But alack and alas, dear cartophile, it was not to be. Turns out, I get a slim (105 pages) 8cm x 22cm volume of rather smallished sized font. Lots of outline maps that focus on Europe, western Asia and North Africa. No colour. The maps’ vantages point is constant and one can see borders as they shift back and forth across the face of Europe; as countries and Empires rise and fall. So, is the Atlas helpful? Yes, in providing the large overview of the historical record in the geographical context. But the neophyte may well be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the history in the text. It could make your head spin.

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Apr 08, 2010

This is a great book! It tells you all about Medieval Times!

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