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Author Levine, David
Title At the Dawn of Modernity : Biology, Culture, and Material Life in Europe after the Year 1000
Imprint Berkerley : University of California Press, 2001
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- Considering the Subject -- 1. LINEAGES OF EARLY MODERNIZATION -- The Feudal Revolution -- Re-forming Christendom -- 2. SHARDS OF MODERNITY -- Technologies of Power -- Sailing on the Tide of History -- Positive Feedbacks -- 3. LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD -- The Seigneurial Mesh -- Degrees of Unfreedom -- 4. REPRODUCING FEUDALISM -- Thinking with Demography -- Strong Stems/Weak Branches -- The Limits of Patriarchy -- 5. NEGATIVE FEEDBACKS -- The Bacteriological Holocaust -- Luxuriant Despair -- The Social Earthquake -- 6. RECOMBINANT MUTATIONS -- After-words -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- H -- J -- L -- M -- N -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W
Looking at a neglected period in the social history of modernization, David Levine investigates the centuries that followed the year 1000, when a new kind of society emerged in Europe. New commercial routines, new forms of agriculture, new methods of information technology, and increased population densities all played a role in the prolonged transition away from antiquity and toward modernity. At the Dawn of Modernity highlights both "top-down" and "bottom-up" changes that characterized the social experience of early modernization. In the former category are the Gregorian Reformation, the imposition of feudalism, and the development of centralizing state formations. Of equal importance to Levine's portrait of the emerging social order are the bottom-up demographic relations that structured everyday life, because the making of the modern world, in his view, also began in the decisions made by countless men and women regarding their families and circumstances. Levine ends his story with the cataclysm unleashed by the Black Death in 1348, which brought three centuries of growth to a grim end
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Levine, David At the Dawn of Modernity : Biology, Culture, and Material Life in Europe after the Year 1000 Berkerley : University of California Press,c2001 9780520220584
Subject Civilization, Medieval.;Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500.;Human body -- Social aspects -- History.;Europe -- Church history -- 600-1500
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