Mahoma y Carlomagno

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Alianza, 1978 - History - 229 pages
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Jacques Pirenne, hijo y discipulo del gran investigador que revoluciono los estudios medievales, asumio la tarea de preparar para su edicion el manuscrito de Mahoma y Carlomagno que su padre habia concluido pocos meses antes de su muerte. El libro contiene las conclusiones definitivas sobre el conjunto de problemas que constituyo « la gran pasion cientifica de los veinte ultimos anos de vida de Henri Pirenne y que habia orientado ya su anterior estudio sobre Las ciudades en la Edad Media (H 4200). Solo la expansion islamica, al convertir el Mediterraneo en un lago musulman, desplazo hacia el norte el eje de la vida historica y creo las condiciones para la separacion entre el Oriente bizantino y Occidente y para la ruptura de la continuidad en el desarrollo de la civilizacion. La decadencia del reino merovingio, el ascenso de Carlomagno, la alianza del papado con la nueva dinastia y el predominio de la Iglesia y de los senores feudales marcan, entre el 650 y el 750, la transicion hacia elperiodo de regresion economica y anarquia en el que la tradicion antigua se pierde y que recibe el nombre de Edad Media.

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Belgian-born historian Henry Pirenne spent most of his professional life as professor of history at the University of Ghent. During World War I, he was a leader of Belgian passive resistance and spent several years as a hostage of the Germans. As a historian Pirenne centered his attention on the urban development of the Low Countries during the medieval period. In Medieval Cities, published in 1925, he argues that medieval urban development grew out of regional fortresses. With the economic revival beginning in the tenth century, city and town life expanded. These communities created their own laws, allowing the development of individual freedoms. Pirenne is best remembered, however, for the "Pirenne thesis" about the foundations of European civilization, which he put forth in his 1937 work Mohammed and Charlemagne. The thesis is that the great event that pushed Europeans into the formation of their own civilization was not the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century but the Islamic conquest of much of the Mediterranean.

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