The expansion of Europe, 1250–1500

By Michael North

The expansion of Europe, 1250–1500


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8021-0
  • Pages: 576
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: January 2012
  • BIC Category: Medieval History, History, Europe, History & Archaeology, European history, CE period up to c 1500, HISTORY / Europe / General, Humanities / European history, Humanities / Medieval history
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Studies


Later medieval Europe saw a great deal of change and expansion of different kinds. This geographically broad textbook explores these events in a series of core chapters on the different countries, covering the Holy Roman Empire, East-Central Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. It looks not only at political history but also at economy, society and culture, including art, architecture, literature and music.

North demonstrates that Europe did not consist of a core and periphery, but of different regions that had divergent developments, and makes sense of these various patterns of historical change. A review of current research debates also introduces readers to the most up to date discussions in the field.

This volume provides an excellent, clear and comprehensive survey for students, while also throwing light on these societies from unexpected angles. It offers fresh perspectives on western Europe, comparing English with Scottish and Irish development, looking at the French monarchy in a social context, and incorporating Portugal into the discussion of the Iberian Peninsula.


The book has glorious features. No rival volume in English is so good at marshalling data from German scholarship.


List of figures
Introduction: The expansion of Europe
Part I: The history of the European states, 1250-1500: Countries and regions
1. The British Isles and Ireland
2. France
3. The Iberian Peninsula
4. Italy
5. The Holy Roman Empire
6. East-Central Europe
7. South East Europe
8. Russia
9. Scandinavia
Part II: Themes
10. State and constitution
11. The economy
12. Society
13. Culture and religion
Part III: Debates


Michael North is Chair of Modern History at the University of Greifswald, Germany.

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