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At the Dawn of ModernityBiology, Culture, and Material Life in Europe after the Year 1000$
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David Levine

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220584

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220584.001.0001

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Lineages of Early Modernization

Lineages of Early Modernization

(p.16) (p.17) 1 Lineages of Early Modernization
At the Dawn of Modernity

David Levine

University of California Press

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

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