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Introducing early medieval militarisation, 400–900
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The aim of this introduction is to provide a discussion of the theoretical and methodological approaches in studying early medieval militarisation and how this concept may be used to better understand the complexity of the changes that occurred in the different societies of medieval Europe. It argues that the concept of militarisation is useful when considered as a process that is neither linear nor mono-causal, but related to a society as a whole, thus allowing us to analyse related changes without postulating a dichotomy of civil Romans and warlike barbarians. To illustrate the potentials of this concept, it discusses written and archaeological evidence by comparing some examples from Lombard Italy, Anglo-Saxon England and the Frankish world.

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