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The Distorted Past: A Re-interpretation of Europe

The Distorted Past: A Re-interpretation of Europe

Josep Fontana

ISBN: 978-0-631-17622-0

Jun 1995, Wiley-Blackwell

232 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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This book turns the received wisdom of European history inside out. From discussions of the Gothic, Hun and Vandal invasions and the fall of the Roman Empire, through other great events and issues of European history, Josep Fontana re-examines the traditional acceptance of such ideas as classical heritage, medieval Christendom, reformation and counter-reformation, absolutism, and the idea of progress. At the same time he draws attention to the existence and validity of dissidence, rebellion and variety which are, for him, identifying marks of Europe.
1. The Barbarian Mirror.

2. The Christian Mirror.

3. The Feudal Mirror.

4. The Devil's Mirror.

5. The Rural Mirror.

6. The Courtly Mirror.

7. The Savage Mirror.

8. The Mirror of Progress.

9. The Mirror of the Mob.

10. Outside the Hall of Mirrors.

Annotated Bibliography of Essential References.


"... an excellent counterpoint to traditional Western civilization texts .... Highly recommended for libraries at all levels." Social & Behavioural Sciences
* An iconoclastic reinterpretation of European history and civilization .
* Debunks received ideas on all central aspects of European history.
* By Spain's most distinguished historian.