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Geary, Patrick J. 1948-

Works: 172 works in 720 publications in 6 languages and 16,601 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography  Textbooks  Church history  Personal narratives  Personal narratives‡vConfederate  Diaries  Case studies  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Scenarist, Creator
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Most widely held works about Patrick J Geary
Most widely held works by Patrick J Geary
The myth of nations : the Medieval origins of Europe by Patrick J Geary( Book )

47 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern-day Europeans by the millions proudly trace back their national identities to the Celts, Franks, Gauls, Goths, Huns, or Serbs--or some combination of the various peoples who inhabited, traversed, or pillaged their continent more than a thousand years ago. According to Patrick Geary, this is historical nonsense. The idea that national character is fixed for all time in a simpler, distant past is groundless, he argues in this unflinching reconsideration of European nationhood. Few of the peoples that many Europeans honor as sharing their sense of ''nation'' had comparably homogeneous identities even the Huns, he points out, were firmly united only under Attila's ten-year reign. Geary dismantles the nationalist myths about how the nations of Europe were born. He contrasts the myths with the actual history of Europe's transformation between the fourth and ninth centuries--the period of grand migrations that nationalists hold dear. The nationalist sentiments today increasingly taken for granted in Europe emerged, he argues, only in the nineteenth century. Ironically, this phenomenon was kept alive not just by responsive populations--but by complicit scholars. Ultimately, Geary concludes, the actual formation of European peoples must be seen as an extended process that began in antiquity and continues in the present. The resulting image is a challenge to those who anchor contemporary antagonisms in ancient myths--to those who claim that immigration and tolerance toward minorities despoil ''nationhood.'' As Geary shows, such ideologues--whether Le Pens who champion ''the French people born with the baptism of Clovis in 496'' or Milosevics who cite early Serbian history to claim rebellious regions--know their myths but not their history
Before France and Germany : the creation and transformation of the Merovingian world by Patrick J Geary( Book )

33 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this innovative new study, Patrick Geary rejects traditional notions of European history to present the Merovingian period (ca. 400-750) as an integral part of Late Antiquity. Drawing on current scholarship in archaeology, cultural history, historical ethnography, and other fields, the author formulates an original interpretation not only of Merovingian history but of the Romano-barbarian world from which it arose. Mapping the complex interactions of a volatile era, he carefully traces the Romanization of barbarians and the barbarization of Romans that ultimately made these populations indistinguishable. (BARNES & NOBLE)
Furta sacra : thefts of relics in the central Middle Ages by Patrick J Geary( Book )

44 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To obtain sacred relics, medieval monks plundered tombs, avaricious merchants raided churches, and relic-mongers scoured the Roman catacombs. In a revised edition of Furta Sacra, Patrick Geary considers the social and cultural context for these acts, asking how the relics were perceived and why the thefts met with the approval of medieval Christians
Women at the beginning : origin myths from the Amazons to the Virgin Mary by Patrick J Geary( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and German and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: In these four artfully crafted essays, Patrick Geary explores the way ancient and medieval authors wrote about women. Geary describes the often marginal role women played in origin legends from antiquity until the twelfth century. Not confining himself to one religious tradition or region, he probes the tensions between women in biblical, classical, and medieval myths (such as Eve, Mary, Amazons, princesses, and countesses), and actual women in ancient and medieval societies. Using these legends as a lens through which to study patriarchal societies, Geary chooses moments and texts that illustrate how ancient authors (all of whom were male) confronted the place of women in their society. Unlike other books on the subject, Women at the Beginning attempts to understand not only the place of women in these legends, but also the ideologies of the men who wrote about them. The book concludes that the authors of these stories were themselves struggling with ambivalence about women in their own worlds and that this struggle manifested itself in their writings
Civilization in the west by Mark A Kishlansky( Book )

54 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This one-volume history of Western civilization covers developments from the first civiizations in the Middle East to the dawn of the twenty-first century
Phantoms of remembrance : memory and oblivion at the end of the first millennium by Patrick J Geary( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Phantoms of Remembrance, Patrick Geary makes important new inroads into the widely discussed topic of historical memory, vividly evoking the everyday lives of eleventh-century people and both their written and nonwritten ways of preserving the past. Women praying for their dead, monks creating and re-creating their archives, scribes choosing which royal families of the past to applaud and which to forget: it is from such sources that most of our knowledge of the medieval period comes. Throughout richly detailed descriptions of various acts of remembrance--including the naming of children and the recording of visions--the author unearths a wide range of approaches to preserving the past as it was or formulating the past that an individual or group prefers to imagine. -- Publisher Description
Readings in medieval history by Patrick J Geary( Book )

42 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four principles guide the selection of materials. First, entire documents are included wherever possible, not snippets. Second, texts are grouped to form dossiers in which the individual documents relate to one another, reflecting the practice of historians themselves. Third, most of the documents chosen have been the subject of significant scholarship. And fourth, raw material for many types of historical investigations is provided: the documents are equally useful to the political historian, the social historian, the cultural historian or the historian of mentalities
Living with the dead in the Middle Ages by Patrick J Geary( Book )

25 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation Whereas modern societies tend to banish the dead from the world of the living, medieval men and women acccorded them a vital role in the community. The saints counted most prominently as potential intercessors before God, but the ordinary dead as well were called upon to aid the living, and even to participate in the negotiation of political disputes. In this book, the distinguished medievalist Patrick J. Geary shows how exploring the complex relations between the living and dead can broaden our understanding of the political, economic, and cultural history of medieval Europe. Geary has brought together for this volume twelve of his most influential essays. They address such topics as the development of saints' cults and of the concept of sacred space; the integration of saints' cults into the lives of ordinary people; patterns of relic circulation; and the role of the dead in negotiating the claims and counterclaims of various interest groups. Also included are two case studies of communities that enlisted new patron saints to solve their problems. Throughout, Geary demonstrates that, by reading actions, artifacts, and rituals on an equal footing with texts, we can better grasp the otherness of past societies. Book jacket
Medieval concepts of the past : ritual, memory, historiography( Book )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval Concepts of the Past shows how the history of the Middle Ages is being reshaped by leading medieval historians in Germany and the United States in the light of cultural and social-scientific investigations into ritual, language and memory. These two national traditions of medieval scholarship, which have been largely separated over the course of the twentieth century, are drawing closer together through a common interest in issues of social science and linguistic theory as applied to the representation of the past. This book marks a significant step in the reconvergence of these two historiographical traditions
Aristocracy in Provence : the Rhône Basin at the dawn of the Carolingian Age by Patrick J Geary( Book )

13 editions published in 1985 in English and German and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Céline remembering Louisiana, 1850-1871 by Céline Frémaux Garcia( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celine Fremaux Garcia's reminiscences were published in 1987 by the University of Georgia Press as "Celine: Remembering Louisiana, 1850-1871". On pages 131-32, Celine writes about the time she unexpectedly came across the bodies of two black soldiers who were captured near Jackson, Louisiana, and later executed as prisoners of war
Le monde mérovingien : naissance de la France by Patrick J Geary( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in French and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Un interprétation originale de ce que l'on peut appeler une "civilisation". Sans rien nier de la dureté de l'époque mérovingienne, l'auteur insiste sur la fécondité, la créativité et la plasticité de cette période
Franks, Northmen, and Slavs : identities and state formation in early medieval Europe( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eleven specialists examine here the role of ethnic identity in the formation of medieval polities on the periphery of the Frankish world in the eighth through eleventh centuries. In particular, they explore the intertwined issues of ethnic identity and state formation in Scandinavia and in the western and southern Slavic regions, areas in which the new approaches to the history of ethnicity have but little penetrated traditional scholarship. They ask to what extent common identities assisted in the consolidation and creation of early medieval kingdoms and to what extent the formation of these kingdoms created a discourse of common identity as a means to centralization and control. The authors contend that the developments in Scandinavia and in Slavic areas cannot be understood except in dynamic relationship with the process of state formation and group identity within the Frankish kingdoms. This powerful, expansionist society not only interacted and influenced the development of state structures on its northern and eastern borders, but it also provided models of discourse about the relationship between centralizing power and group solidarity. Not that these discourses were simply adopted by the Franks' neighbours, but rather they became part of the range of possible options selectively adapted to local circumstances."--Jacket
Readings in medieval history( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Instructors of medieval history are fortunate to have at their disposal a new edition of the best selection of medieval primary sources in English translation available today. Like its predecessors, this fourth edition fulfills the promise expressed in the author's preface: to introduce us and our students to documents representing a great variety of genres, subjects, and places throughout medieval Europe and to present those documents in their entirety or in substantial portions. The documents allow us, the teachers, and more importantly, our students, the freedom to read in depth, select, and analyze--to practice history at its best, right in the classroom."--Piotr Gorecki, University of California, Riverside" ""Geary's careful and wise selection of texts in his reader provides the best balance between range and depth necessary for a successful source book. Students are introduced to the richness of medieval evidence and can engage with the personalities who produced it in a way that encourages further study and reflection on the Middle Ages."--Nicholas Everett, University of Toronto" ""Provides an excellent selection of complete texts or substantial extracts from key primary sources, helpfully grouped thematically and illustrating many current issues in modern historical study ... an invaluable introduction."--Rosamond McKitterick, Newnham College, University of Cambridge" ""The best collection of medieval documents in print."--A.J. Andrea, University of Vermont" "For this new edition, Patrick J. Geary has incorporated more bibliographical information into the introductions to the readings. Five texts have been added to better reflect legal, religious, Polish, and women's history. A glossary is provided to help with unfamiliar terms. For students who want to dig deeper into the primary sources, secondary readings about the primary sources are listed."--Jacket
Language & power in the early Middle ages by Patrick J Geary( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language and ideology in the scholarship of the late Middle Ages
A brief history of western civilization : the unfinished legacy by Mark A Kishlansky( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings in medieval history( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The third edition includes an updated Preface, more extensive material from Gregory of Tours, and a new section, "The Iberian Peninsula," containing material that deals with Jews, Muslims, and Heretics. The format of Readings in Medieval History has also been altered to make it more user-friendly. Volume I: The Early Middle Ages includes documents written up to the early 12th century; Volume II: The Later Middle Ages includes documents from the late 11th century on." from the back cover
Authors of the Middle Ages by C. J Mews( Book )

33 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provisional handlist of Surviving Latin Manuscripts -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- Editions -- i. Authenticated Works -- ii. Works of Doubtful Attribution -- Secondary Sources
Manufacturing Middle Ages : entangled history of medievalism in nineteenth-century Europe by Patrick J Geary( Book )

17 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Manufacturing Middle Ages explores the entangled history of European national discourses grounded in medievalist and archaic traditions and developed by the emerging disciplines of humanities across the long nineteenth century
Manufacturing a past for the present : forgery and authenticity in medievalist texts and objects in nineteenth-century Europe by János M Bak( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In search of specific national traditions nineteenth-century artists and scholars did not shy of manipulating texts and objects or even outright manufacturing them. The essays edited by János M. Bak, Patrick J. Geary and Gábor Klaniczay explore the various artifacts from outright forgeries to fruits of poetic phantasy, while also discussing the volatile notion of authenticity and the multiple claims for it in the age. --Provided by publisher
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Before France and Germany : the creation and transformation of the Merovingian world
Alternative Names
Geary, P.

Geary, Patrick.

Geary, Patrick 1948-

Giari, Patorikku J. 1948-

Patrick Geary

Patrick J. Geary Amerikaans mediëvist

Patrick J. Geary US-amerikanischer Historiker

پاتریک جی قری

기어리, 패트릭

기어리, 패트릭 J

ギアリ, パトリック

English (392)

German (28)

French (28)

Japanese (2)

Turkish (2)

Spanish (1)

Before France and Germany : the creation and transformation of the Merovingian worldFurta sacra : thefts of relics in the central Middle AgesWomen at the beginning : origin myths from the Amazons to the Virgin MaryCivilization in the westPhantoms of remembrance : memory and oblivion at the end of the first millenniumReadings in medieval historyLiving with the dead in the Middle AgesMedieval concepts of the past : ritual, memory, historiography