Joachim Ehlers: WESTERN EUROPE. Siedler Verlag (Hardcover, Germany)


Part 3 in the series - The Germans and the European Middle Ages

Original Title: Die Deutschen und das europäische Mittelalter

original edition

Hardcover, Linen with jacket, 512 pages, 16.5 x 23.5 cm, 6.5 x 9.3 in.
ISBN: 978-3-88680-759-8
€ 60.00 [D] | € 61.70 [A] | CHF 81.00 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: September 21, 2004
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Joachim  Ehlers - WESTERN EUROPE


Germany’s quarrel with Western Europe began long before such a place as Germany actually existed. This isn’t as paradoxical as it seems, for the Germans had a share of the area of the old Latin-Christian world by owning the Rhinelands and the land south of the Danube; and they inhabited territory up to the banks of the Elbe and Saale rivers that had initially been opened up by the Franconians.
What they had gained in Christian-Franconian substance, they took with them further eastwards to the areas of Slavic settlement from the High Middle Ages onwards: all the things that the people east of the Elbe had appropriated during the High Middle Ages had been known between Weser and the Elbe since the tenth century, in the Rhein/Weser territory since the eighth and ninth centuries, and to the inhabitants of the Rhineland since the Roman age. Thousands of years of evolution, then, separate west and east Germany.
Germany both past and present is indelibly stamped by the fact that the great European civilisation borders always ran straight through it, shifting eastwards in stages. The profound extent to which the West influenced the formation of the German nation, and the degree to and way in which western traditions and notions regarding knowledge, religion, doctrine, law, administrative systems and the organisation of the state expressed themselves and gradually took hold, is portrayed in this volume which is not only full of pictures and maps, but is written by one of the most prominent of all German mediaevalists.


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