Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe

Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe

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by Peter Heather
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199892261

ISBN-13: 9780199892266

Pub. Date: 03/01/2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Empires and Barbarians presents a fresh, provocative look at how a recognizable Europe came into being in the first millennium AD. With sharp analytic insight, Peter Heather explores the dynamics of migration and social and economic interaction that changed two vastly different worlds—the undeveloped barbarian world and the sophisticated Roman Empire—into

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Empires and Barbarians presents a fresh, provocative look at how a recognizable Europe came into being in the first millennium AD. With sharp analytic insight, Peter Heather explores the dynamics of migration and social and economic interaction that changed two vastly different worlds—the undeveloped barbarian world and the sophisticated Roman Empire—into remarkably similar societies and states.

The book's vivid narrative begins at the time of Christ, when the Mediterranean circle, newly united under the Romans, hosted a politically sophisticated, economically advanced, and culturally developed civilization—one with philosophy, banking, professional armies, literature, stunning architecture, even garbage collection. The rest of Europe, meanwhile, was home to subsistence farmers living in small groups, dominated largely by Germanic speakers. Although having some iron tools and weapons, these mostly illiterate peoples worked mainly in wood and never built in stone. The farther east one went, the simpler it became: fewer iron tools and ever less productive economies. And yet ten centuries later, from the Atlantic to the Urals, the European world had turned. Slavic speakers had largely superseded Germanic speakers in central and Eastern Europe, literacy was growing, Christianity had spread, and most fundamentally, Mediterranean supremacy was broken.

Bringing the whole of first millennium European history together, and challenging current arguments that migration played but a tiny role in this unfolding narrative, Empires and Barbarians views the destruction of the ancient world order in light of modern migration and globalization patterns.

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ISBN-13:
9780199892266
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
202,334
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue
Ch 1: Migrants and Barbarians
Ch 2: Globalization and the Germans
Ch 3: All Roads Lead to Rome?
Ch 4: Migration and Frontier Collapse
Ch 5: Huns on the Run
Ch 6: Franks and Anglo-Saxons: Elite Transfer or Volkerwanderung?
Ch 7: A New Europe
Ch 8: The Creation of Slavic Europe
Ch 9: Viking Diasporas
Ch 10: The First European Union
Ch 11: The End of Migration and the Birth of Europe
Notes
Primary Sources/ Bibliography

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Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
KenCA More than 1 year ago
I read Heather's earlier volume on the Fall of the Roman Empire, and that made this a must-read. He's an estimable historian more than capable of untangling the confused threads of this complicated period of devolution, synthesis and reintegration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An on-point and scholarly reevaluation of the place of migration in European history. The emphasis on Slavic political development is a new twist for Western readers. I have only one complaint: why the Gibbon-like antipathy for the Roman Empire in the East?
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LoveSeaStories More than 1 year ago
Mr. Heather wrote an excellent historical version of Empires and Barbarians. His clear style of writing allowed me to understand subject matter extremely well. He explains everything in detail and you can tell that the book was well researched. The book covers the Roman Empire, along with the Goths, Hans, etc, and it also goes into the fall of Roman Empire. There are also interesting stories based on actual accounts of the folks that lived during the period. So, if you want to get educated on the ancient empires and the Barbarians, then this is the book for you. Highly recommend.