In class we looked at how hodges & whitehouse conclude that the pirenne thesis is correct however, charlemagne did not reach power directly from the muslim conquest of byzantium, but from muslim silver traded through the baltic (vikings. The pirenne thesis: analysis, criticism and revision (college) by havighurst, alfred f and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscom. Henri pirenne first expressed ideas on the formation of european towns in articles of 1895 he further developed the idea for the pirenne thesis while imprisoned in germany during world war i he subsequently published it in a series of papers from 1922 to 1923 and spent the rest of his life refining the thesis with supporting evidence.
Henri pirenne's reputation today rests on three contributions to european history first, what has become known as the pirenne thesis,. The main problem of this book is its will to refute, the so called pirenne's thesisusing archeological evidence, not available to henri pirenne(1862-1935), while he was alive this book is mainly good, but its peaks in on the pages 156 and 157, where we can read. 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. Pirenne is best remembered, however, for the pirenne thesis about the foundations of european civilization, which he put forth in his 1937 work mohammed and charlemagne the thesis is that the great event that pushed europeans into the formation of their own civilization was not the collapse of the roman empire in the fifth century but the.
The pirenne thesis: a disoriented debate donald j kagay / albany state university (note: the paper's internal footnotes did not transfer notes are included at the end of the document also, some international symbols may not have transferred please e-mail the author for original document if interested. Henri pirenne: henri pirenne, belgian educator and scholar, one of the most eminent scholars of the middle ages and of belgian national development the son of a prosperous industrialist, pirenne studied for his doctorate (1883) at the university of liège under the medievalist godefroid kurth and the historian of. Best answer: henri pirenne was a medieval historian from belgium in the late 19th and early 20th century pirenne's thesis is that non agricultural 9th century settlements were there because they were part of a feudal hierarchy, to do with either the church or the power of feudal lords and rulers. In pirenne's thesis, he suggests that the classical 'roman era' ended when muslims took over north africa and the near east (turkey, syria, palestine etc) pirenne suggests that it was the progression of islam, as opposed to the germanic invasions, that caused europe to evolve. In summary, the pirenne thesis was founded on a reading of sources that were limited, both in the sense that they were relatively few and that pirenne relied too heavily on north-western europe sources when a wider perspective would have been more enlightening.
Pirenne, henri born dec 23, 1862, in verviers died oct 24, 1935, in brussels belgian historian from 1886 to 1930, pirenne was a professor at the university of ghent. Summary henri pirenne is best known for his provocative argument--known as the pirenne thesis and familiar to all students of medieval europe--that it was not the invasion of the germanic tribes that destroyed the civilization of antiquity, but rather the closing of mediterranean trade by arab conquest in the seventh century. The author states that pirenne's thesis, while attractive, is not effectively backed by the evidence i'll paraphrase the author's response: pirenne summarizes islam's effect by noting the disappearances from western europe of papyrus, luxury fabrics, spices, and gold. Henri pirenne he studied at the university of liège and was a professor at the university of ghent pirenne is considered as one of the most important historians of belgium.
As pirenne explained at his address to the international congress of historical science in 1923, the first world war was to historians what a cosmic cataclysm is to 14 as mentioned earlier, one of the consequences of pirenne's thesis was the rebuttal of a divide between europe's two civilisations — romance and germanic. The pirenne thesis: analysis, criticism, and revision (1958) it was claimed by the christian missionaries that the archaeological evidence from marib suggests that the moon-god was the predominant deity during time of the queen of sheba. Get this from a library the pirenne thesis : analysis, criticism, and revision [alfred f havighurst. 3 the pirenne thesis revisited: the heirs of rome and the mediterranean world derrick fiedler the world-order which had survived the germanic invasions was not able to survive the invasion.
In their concise book, richard hodges and david whitehouse review the 'pirenne thesis' in the light of archaeological information from northern europe, the. Henri pirenne - wikipedia he became professor of history at the university of ghent ina post he held until the end of his teaching career in after the great war he was the most prominent and influential historian in belgium, receiving numerous honors and committee assignments. I agree that pirenne's influence on the topic is still visible, but his thesis is not really a prime candidate anymore to point out some errors in the pirenne thesis: -pirenne argued that mediterranean collapsed due to arabic conquest in the south.
In 1974, peter brown praised the work of pirenne as freeing research on late antiquity from the impasse of the romanist-germanist debate, 31 a historical discussion that divided scholars since as early as the sixteenth century between those who saw the roots of medieval europe in ancient rome (romanists) and those who gave credit to germanic invasion and migration for the creation of medieval. Another orientalist's remarks concerning the pirenne thesis) by andrew s ehrenkreutz (the university of michigan) by now fifty years have elapsed since the initial publication of henri. Notion advanced by the belgian historian henri pirenne (1862-1935) that the end of the roman empire in the west did not entail a sharp decline in trade and commercial activity.