In mohammed charlemagne and the origins of europe hodges and whitehouse claim that the evidence of archaeology refutes pirennes central thesis they argue that classical civilization was terminally ill and that the arabs did not so much kill it as put it out of its misery. The archaeology of the period ad 500 1000 has taken off in the mediterranean where prehistoric and classical studies formerly enjoyed a virtual monopoly in most areas and in the islamic world here as in northern europe field survey careful excavation and improved methods of dating are . Mohammed charlemagne and the origins of europe in this concise book richard hodges and david whitehouse review the pirenne thesis in the light of archaeological information from northern europe the mediterranean and western asia. This thesis was disputed from the start but mainly on the terms of literary evidence in this concise well argued book richard hodges and david whitehouse use data from archaeology to challenge all of these claims. Mohammed charlemagne the origins of europe archaeology and the pirenne thesis richard hodges mohammed charlemagne and the origins of europe attempts to prove the point henri pirennes classic history of europe between the fifth and ninth centuries mohammed and charlemagne although published on the eve of the second world war
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