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Deftly written and beautifully illustrated, The Worlds of Medieval Europe, Third Edition, presents a distinctive and nuanced portrayal of the Greater West during its medieval millennium. By integrating the histories of the Islamic and Byzantine worlds into the main narrative, author Clifford R. Backman offers an insightful, detailed, and often witty look at the continuum of interaction--social, cultural, intellectual, and commercial--that existed among all three societies.

This compelling volume surpasses traditional textbook representations of the Middle Ages by balancing the conventional focus on political affairs, especially those of northern Europe, with equally detailed attention to medieval society as it developed in the Mediterranean. In addition, Backman describes the ways in which the medieval Latin West attempted to understand the unified and rational structure of the human cosmos, which they believed existed beneath the observable diversity and disorder of the world. This effort to recreate a human ordering of "unity through diversity" provides an essential key to understanding medieval Europe and the ways in which it regarded and reacted to the worlds around it.

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Clifford R. Backman is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. He is the author of The Cultures of the West (OUP, 2013) and The Decline and Fall of Medieval Sicily: Politics, Economy, and Religion in the Reign of Frederick III, 1296-1327 (1995).

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"This is the best textbook on the market. It is comprehensive, engagingly written, and covers all of Europe rather than privileging the Western part over everything else."--Steven Epstein, University of Kansas


"This book is a pleasure to read. It incorporates pertinent information and places it into a narrative that will resonate with students. The conceptualized nature of the entire book transcends a traditional textbook and gives readers a sense of the 'big picture' as well as the 'facts,' continuity and change, and the sense of the 'so what' that is often absent."--Ginger L. Smoak, University of Utah


"The Worlds of Medieval Europe is an excellent text. Written with impeccable scholarship and engaging style, Backman's contribution to the teaching of medieval history is perfect for undergraduate students. I am anxious to assign it to my own students."--Frances H. Mitilineos, Oakton Community College


"The Worlds of Medieval Europe is witty, courageous, unpretentious, and fair-minded. I've assigned this book to hundreds of students over the past five years and they have always loved it."--Michael Redman, Jefferson Community and Technical College


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