Dark Age Liguria: Regional Identity and Local Power, C. 400-1020

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A&C Black, 23 mag 2013 - 184 pagine

Dark Age Liguria surveys the history of the Liguria region from c. 400 to c. 1050 AD, to provide a detailed case study of what happened here as Roman imperial rule ended. The book pulls together all the surviving evidence, written, archaeological, artistic and ecological, to propose that, in contrast with later periods, Ligurians looked north as much as they gazed out to sea. Genoese history under Byzantines, Lombards, Carolingians and Ottonians is compared with that of other coastal settlements, including Albenga, Noli, Perti and Savona and the less-studied but fascinating inland valleys, the Aveto, Polcevera, Stura and Vara. The book draws also on more than fifteen years of fieldwork in and around the small town of Varese Ligure (La Spezia province) to suggest some new methods for investigating the Dark Age past.

 

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Sommario

1 Sources and Debates
1
2 Historical Ecology in the Apennines
13
3 Villas Villages and Castra
35
4 Political and Religious Change
63
5 Genoa
81
6 Vara Valley
111
7 People without History
137
Bibliography
143
Index
171
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Informazioni sull'autore (2013)

Ross Balzaretti (University of Nottingham) has published widely in the field of early medieval history, especially of northern Italy. His most recent books are Ligurian Landscapes (2004, edited with Mark Pearce and Charles Watkins) and Narrative and History in the Early Medieval West (2006, edited with Elizabeth Tyler). He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews in 2010-2011 where much of Dark Age Liguria was written.

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