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Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

Leslie Dossey

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780520254398
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947771 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254398.001.0001
Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

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This history foregrounds the most marginal sector of the Roman population—the provincial peasantry—to paint a picture of peasant society. Making use of detailed archaeological and textual evidence, the book examines the peasantry in relation to the upper classes in Christian North Africa, tracing that region's social and cultural history from Punic times to the eve of the Islamic conquest. The author demonstrates that during the period when Christianity was spreading to both city and countryside in North Africa, a convergence of economic interests narrowed the gap between the rustici and the urbani, creating a consumer revolution of sorts among the peasants. The book's postcolonial perspective points to the empowerment of North African peasants and gives voice to lower social classes across the Roman world.

Keywords: peasant society; archaeological evidence; textual evidence; upper classes; social history; cultural history; Punic times; Islamic conquest; rustici; urbani

Book.  376 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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Historical Overview in Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

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Rural Consumption in Early Imperial North Africa in Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

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A Late Antique Consumer Revolution? in Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

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Frustrated Communities in Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

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Bishops Where No Bishops Should Be in Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

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Preaching to Peasants in Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

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Reinterpreting Rebellion in Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

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