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Lineages of Early Modernization

David Levine

in At the Dawn of Modernity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220584
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923676 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220584.003.0002
Lineages of Early Modernization

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After the passing of the Justinian pandemic and Charles Martel's victory at the Battle of Poitiers, which stopped the Moslems' advance in 732, a new society started to mold in the northwestern region of Europe. This procedure was classified as a confusing and contradicting one. The Viking and Magyar invasions had acted as “the solvent of Carolingian society,” while Arab Moslems continued to bite at Europe's southern flank. The end of this external threat was a necessary aspect of the reassertion of authority. The new style of warfare had initially contributed to the expansion of the Carolingians' dominion, but feudalism would later create the seeds of insuperable contradiction which led to their demise. This chapter discusses the reorganizing of power and social control.

Keywords: Europe; social control; power; feudalism; Moslems; Arab

Chapter.  40599 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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