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    Eric J. Goldberg
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    080143890X
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    Cornell University Press; 1 edition (January 12, 2006)
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    416 pages
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Louis the German is known mainly in the context of the Treaty of Verdun .

Louis the German is known mainly in the context of the Treaty of Verdun and the 'birth' of Germany. Eric Goldberg has written a valuable and stimulating book that scrapes away those anachronisms and puts Louis back into his proper context. Cornell has done a superb job producing this book, which has attractive illustrations. Struggle for Empire is enjoyable to read. Goldberg's approach is clear and the style of his prose will capture the attentions of even a nonspecialist audience. Eric J. Goldberg's Struggle for Empire deserves to have a large impact in early medieval political and cultural history.

Struggle for Empire explores the contest for kingdoms and power among Charlemagne's descendants that shaped .

Struggle for Empire explores the contest for kingdoms and power among Charlemagne's descendants that shaped the formation of Europe. It examines this pivotal era through the reign of Charlemagne's grandson, Louis the German (826–876), one of the longest-ruling Carolingian kings. Goldberg's book brings the enigmatic Louis to life and makes a vital contribution to recent reevaluations of the late Carolingian ag. n the Treaty of Verdun of 843, Louis inherited the eastern territories of the Carolingian empire, thereby laying the foundations for an east Frankish kingdom.

In this volume, Eric Goldberg walks the line between a straightforward biography of Louis the German and a. .

In this volume, Eric Goldberg walks the line between a straightforward biography of Louis the German and a broader study of his reign. Because so little has been written on this important but often underestimated ruler, Goldberg's book, a refined, expanded version of his doctoral thesis, would be welcome no matter what faults it might contain. When a book is as enjoyable to read as this volume, it also deserves praise. Goldberg's approach is clear and the style of his prose will capture the attentions of even a non-specialist audience.

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Eric J. Goldberg's book brings the enigmatic Louis to life and makes a vital contribution to recent reevaluations of the late Carolingian age. In the Treaty of Verdun of 843, Louis inherited the eastern territories of the Carolingian empire, thereby laying the foundations for an east Frankish. In the Treaty of Verdun of 843, Louis inherited the eastern territories of the Carolingian empire, thereby laying the foundations for an east Frankish kingdom. Louis was a skilled and cultured ruler who modeled himself on Charlemagne, and he aspired to rebuild his grandfather's empire.

The Frankish kingdom under the Merovingian dynasty, . 00–751, inherited from the Roman Empire Christianity, Latinity, aspects of law, and government

The Frankish kingdom under the Merovingian dynasty, . 00–751, inherited from the Roman Empire Christianity, Latinity, aspects of law, and government. Eighth-century geopolitical shifts created opportunities. A new Carolingian dynasty seized power in 751 and created the Carolingian Empire.

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Struggle for Empire explores the contest for kingdoms and power among Charlemagne's descendants that shaped the formation of Europe. It examines this pivotal era through the reign of Charlemagne's grandson, Louis the German (826–876), one of the longest-ruling Carolingian kings. Eric J. Goldberg's book brings the enigmatic Louis to life and makes a vital contribution to recent reevaluations of the late Carolingian age.

In the Treaty of Verdun of 843, Louis inherited the eastern territories of the Carolingian empire, thereby laying the foundations for an east Frankish kingdom. But, as Goldberg emphasizes, Louis was never satisfied with his realm beyond the Rhine. Louis was a skilled and cultured ruler who modeled himself on Charlemagne, and he aspired to rebuild his grandfather's empire. This ambition to reunite Europe brought Louis into repeated conflict with other rulers: Carolingian kings, Byzantine emperors, Bulgar khans, Roman popes, and Slavic warlords. While Louis ultimately failed to reunify the empire, his fifty-year reign produced a period of remarkable political consolidation and cultural creativity in central Europe.

By highlighting the ways in which dynastic rivalries, aristocratic rebellions, diplomacy, and warfare shaped Louis's reign, Struggle for Empire uncovers the dynamism and innovation of ninth-century kingship. To trace Louis's evolving policies, Goldberg moves beyond the evidence traditionally used to study his reign―the Annals of Fulda―and exploits the visual arts, liturgy, archeology, and especially charters. The result is a remarkably comprehensive and colorful picture of Carolingian kingship in action.


Nagis
Louis the German never gets as much attention as his brother Charles the Bald or his father Louis the Pious or his grandfather Charlemagne. At least not in English. So this book serves as a welcome addition to the books on the Carolingians. What this book offers is basically a look at how the Empire operated in the 9th Century. It was run on very much an ad hoc basis although the goals and methods were similar throughout. Unlike many scholarly books who have been strongly influenced by the German school, this book does not divide the reign into different topics but goes through it chronologically. I generally prefer that in a biography since it allows you to see how things changed throughout the reign rather than making generalizations on specific topics from the entire period. This book reads very well indeed. While a great deal of it is repetitive that's because much of Louis' life was repetitive. His entire reign was an attempt to gain power and influence at the expense of his brothers and neighbors. Generally Louis gets a bad rap since he was the enemy of Charles the Bald, a man who, if not liked, is at least sympathized with since he had to face the brunt of the Viking attacks. Louis got off easier but his lack of chroniclers makes his reign vaguer. This book offers as much information on Louis as is available, presenting his actions and goals in a historical context.

At the end of the day I can say that I know no more about Louis' personality than I did before reading the book, but I do know a great deal more about his kingdom and his efforts to rule it. I suppose that's about as good as you can get for any man of this period.
net rider
One of the best books on the Carolingian era. Excellent reading for a reader with an interest in the era and has fine notes for the serious student of the time. The end maps add to the understanding of the texts. Covers an area that has had little attention.
Xal
A brilliant combination of academic research and a delightful reading. I have been looking for something contemporary, with the right amount of nuances and methodological precisions, and easy to follow for a non-expert but a fan of early medieval history
Mr. Goldberg, I am waiting for your next publication!