The Ending of Roman Britain

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Why did Roman Britain collapse? What sort of society succeeded it? How did the Anglo-Saxons take over? And how far is the traditional view of a massacre of the native population a product of biased historical sources? This text explores what Britain was like in the 4th-century AD and looks at how this can be understood when placed in the wider context of the western Roman Empire. Information won from archaeology rather than history is emphasized and leads to an explanation of the fall of Roman Britain. The author...

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Overview

Why did Roman Britain collapse? What sort of society succeeded it? How did the Anglo-Saxons take over? And how far is the traditional view of a massacre of the native population a product of biased historical sources? This text explores what Britain was like in the 4th-century AD and looks at how this can be understood when placed in the wider context of the western Roman Empire. Information won from archaeology rather than history is emphasized and leads to an explanation of the fall of Roman Britain. The author also offers some suggestions about the place of the post-Roman population in the formation of England.

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"Cleary's analysis relies on a new synthesis of archaeological evidence and a very stimulating overview of coinage interpretation rather than on traditional written sources. His work is engaging, challenging, and important."
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"...informative and engrossing, as much a pleasure for the non-specialist general reader, as for the research scholar."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415238984
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,107,992
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments List of Illustrations Preface Introduction 1. The Structures of the State 2. The Continental Background 3. Britain in the Fourth Century 4. The Passing of Roman Britain: 380-430 5. Britons in the Fifth Century 6. Postscript: Continuity and Change References Bibliography Index
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