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Italy, 888-962: a turning point. Italia, 888-962: una svolta
IV Seminario Internazionale, Cassero di Poggio Imperiale a Poggibonsi (SI) 4-6 dicembre 2009

M. Valenti, C. Wickham (eds.)
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488 p., 41 b/w ill. + 23 colour ill., 3 b/w tables, 160 x 240 mm, 2013
ISBN: 978-2-503-55054-1
Languages: Italian, English, French
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Web: http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/M.SCIASM-EB.6.09070802050003050500050401

The years 888-962 are a period in which the Kingdom of Italy was not ruled by kings from across the Alps, the only such period from the end of the eighth century to the end of the eleventh. They were for a long time accepted as a period of major political breakdown and failure, and, in north-central (not southern) Italy, the start of the long run in to the early city communes and Italy’s future history as a radically disunited peninsula. In the light of not only recent historical reanalyses but also the emergence of a large quantity of archaeological data, this image can be tested, and in this book is, by both historians and archaeologists. A far more subtle and nuanced picture emerges from the interdisciplinary work in this volume. This book will be an essential starting-point for all future work on Italy in this period.

Review
"Il volume ha, in conclusione, il merito da una parte, di rafforzare alcune posizioni che la ricerca ha assunto con sempre maggiore convinzione; dall’altra, offre il suo contributo a un dibattito che sta di recente prendendo le mosse." (Paolo Tomei, in: Studi Medievali, Ser. 3, 57, 1, 2016, p. 345-349)
Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : auxiliary sciences
Archaeology
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Late Antique & Early Middle Ages (c.250-600)

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