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The Middle Ages

Anna Vaninskaya

in William Morris and the Idea of Community

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641499
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651672 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641499.003.0005
The Middle Ages

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This chapter discusses the socialist theory of historical evolution, which assumes the resurrection of former ideological formations at a new level. It studies Morris's belief regarding tribal communism and the ‘customary law of the Germanic tribes’, as well as the basis of medieval forms of communal association. Finally, the chapter discusses the discrepancy between the academic and socialist interpretations of medieval society, which became central in the matter of religion.

Keywords: socialist theory; historical evolution; ideological formations; tribal communism; customary law; Germanic tribes; communal association; medieval society; religion

Chapter.  9013 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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