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By Helmut Reimitz

This pioneering learn explores early medieval Frankish id as a window into the formation of a unique Western notion of ethnicity. concentrating on the turbulent and sundry historical past of Frankish identification in Merovingian and Carolingian historiography, it deals a brand new foundation for evaluating the background of collective and ethnic id within the Christian West with different contexts, in particular the Islamic and Byzantine worlds. The large political luck of the Frankish kingdoms supplied the medieval West with basic political, spiritual and social buildings, together with a metamorphosis from the Roman point of view on ethnicity because the caliber of the 'Other' to the Carolingian belief number of Christian peoples have been selected by means of God to reign over the previous Roman provinces. examining id as an open ended approach, Helmut Reimitz explores the position of Frankish identification within the a number of efforts in which societies attempted to discover order within the quickly altering post-Roman world.

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