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The Birth of Europe (Making of Europe) Paperback – November 22, 2006
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"Recommended ... .Illustrate[s] the continuing differences on how scholars treat the past, differences found among early modern scholars as well as medievalists." (Sixteenth Century Journal, Summer 2009)
"A book that never fails to be informative, readable and provocative. [Le Goff] has been the bravest and best of champions for medieval history. This book, written by its author at the age of 80, is in every sense an inspiration." (BBC History Magazine)
"[A] superb and necessary book. This provocative assessment from a lifetime of scholarship might help us to place ourselves, not just territorially, but in that other precious element of history: time." (The Guardian)
"Le Goff authoritatively traces the initial development of virtually all aspects of modern society." (The Morning Star)
"A fine survey of medieval Europe that will benefit both specialists and non-specialists alike." (History: Reviews of New Books)
"Le Goff's book not only embodies his long-term project of a new political history but is a politically engaged history in the most valuable sense: it should be on the compulsory reading list of politicians everywhere." (Reviews in History)
"This is a fascinating and timely study of the medieval origins of today’s Europe. It is extraordinary how many of the themes and ideas in this book reverberate through the arguments of the 21st century." Rt Hon Christopher Patten, CH, Former Member of the European Commission
"The Middle Ages was a fulcrum epoch that compared with the Renaissance and the trading, industrial and technological revolutions as eras of systemic change in Europe. But whilst the significance of the historic surges since the late 15th Century is widely known, the formative relevance of the age before that is less recognised. Professor Le Goff addresses that and brilliantly provides an intriguing and convincing explanation of the vital importance of the early centuries of the second millennium for the shaping of Europe and its identity and diversities." Neil Kinnock, Vice-President, European Commission
"Jacques Le Goff has capped off a lifetime of contemplating the Middle Ages with this work of great insight and learning. A fascinating rumination on the structure of medieval culture and society." Norman F. Cantor, Late of New York University
"This book distils the life's work of one of the great historians of our time. It is remarkable equally for the breadth of its learning, the clarity of its exposition, and the depth of its humanity and wisdom. Anyone who asks why Europe needs its history, or why History needs Europe, should read it." R. I. Moore, Professor Emeritus, University of Newcastle
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Charlemagne's reign formed just a part of the labor. Feudalism, chivalry, the rise of the university all played dynamic parts in a complex society before the idea of Europe really came to full form.
Just like the ideas of the Roman Empire, the ideas accompanying the birth od Europe continue to influence and shape us.