Europe's Barbarians AD 200-600

Europe's Barbarians AD 200-600

by Edward James
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582772966

ISBN-13: 9780582772960

Pub. Date: 08/13/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

'Barbarians' is the name the Romans gave to those who lived beyond the frontiers of the Roman Empire - the peoples they considered 'uncivilised'. Most of the written sources concerning the barbarians come from the Romans too, and as such, need to be treated with caution. Only archaeology allows us to see beyond Roman prejudices - and yet these records are often as

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'Barbarians' is the name the Romans gave to those who lived beyond the frontiers of the Roman Empire - the peoples they considered 'uncivilised'. Most of the written sources concerning the barbarians come from the Romans too, and as such, need to be treated with caution. Only archaeology allows us to see beyond Roman prejudices - and yet these records are often as difficult to interpret as historical ones.

Expertly guiding the reader through such historiographical complexities, Edward James traces the history of the barbarians from the height of Roman power through to AD 600, by which time they had settled in most parts of imperial territory in Europe. His book is the first to look at all Europe's barbarians: the Picts and the Scots in the far north-west; the Franks, Goths and Slavic-speaking peoples; and relative newcomers such as the Huns and Alans from the Asiatic steppes.

How did whole barbarian peoples migrate across Europe? What were their relations with the Romans? And why did they convert to Christianity? Drawing on the latest scholarly research, this book rejects easy generalisations to provide a clear, nuanced and comprehensive account of the barbarians and the tumultuous period they lived through.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582772960
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/13/2009
Series:
Medieval World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
1,039,030
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Who Are the Barbarians? 1

Ch. 2 The Barbarians Before Ad 376 21

Ch. 3 The Barbarians from 376 to 476 50

Ch. 4 The Barbarians After 476 76

Ch. 5 Ethnicity, Ethnogenesis and Identity 102

Ch. 6 The Barbarians at Home 129

Ch. 7 Barbarians in Roman Employment 157

Ch. 8 Barbarians on the Move 174

Ch. 9 Assimilation, Acculturation and Accommodation 193

Ch. 10 From Paganisms to Christianities 215

Ch. 11 Kingdom, Kingship and Law 235

Ch. 12 Conclusions 255

Notes 258

Bibliography 292

Index 330

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