By David Nicolle
The military of Charlemagne and his successors enabled the western Franks to recreate what contemporaries considered as a 'reborn' western Roman empire. Frankish society used to be prepared for battle, with awesome communications drawing jointly the disparate areas of a giant empire. The function of fastened troops, the basic extraordinary strength of the Frankish military, is explored the following. along it used to be the impression that new expertise, equivalent to stirrups, had on battle during this interval. Illuminating a much-neglected zone of historical past, this ebook exhibits how the position of cavalry grew in status, because the Carolingian armoured horseman gave approach to the knight of the early tenth century.
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The striking potential of nationhood to integrate diverse and frequently hostile groups within the nation is forgotten too easily. 6 Nationalism, like religion, is a common denominator that defies gender, regional, social, and political divisions, relegating these categories to secondary position. Both are capable of representing the oneness of something, God or the nation, and simultaneously the particularity of other identities; their representation is more than the sum of the identities that coexist in them.
This relation has been discussed by Maurice Halbwachs and Pierre Nora as forms of historically situated social practice. 34 For Nora, history and memory were united before the development of scientific history in the nineteenth century and have been split since. 35 Almost no historian would subscribe today to Halbwachs's view of history as a scientific discipline and to the consequent sharp division between history and memory. Collective memory both differs from and converges with history. Memory is a malleable understanding of the past that is different from history because its construction is not bounded by a set of limiting disciplinary rules.
One's memory, like one's most intimate dreams, originates from the symbols, landscape, and past that are shared by a given society. Since the making and the reception of memories, personal and collective, are embedded in a specific cultural, social, and political context, we can explore how people construct a past in which they did not take part individually, but which they share with other members of their group as a formative sense of cultural knowledge, tradition, and singularity. 19 It allows us, first, to explore the relationships between national belonging and the host of identities that exist in the nation.