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Barbarian Migrations and the Roman West, 376–568


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  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521435437

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  • This is a major survey of the barbarian migrations and their role in the fall of the Roman Empire and the creation of early medieval Europe, one of the key events in European history. Unlike previous studies it integrates historical and archaeological evidence and discusses Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and North Africa, demonstrating that the Roman Empire and its neighbours were inextricably linked. A narrative account of the turbulent fifth and early sixth centuries is followed by a description of society and politics during the migration period and an analysis of the mechanisms of settlement and the changes of identity. Guy Halsall reveals that the creation and maintenance of kingdoms and empires was impossible without the active involvement of people in the communities of Europe and North Africa. He concludes that, contrary to most opinions, the fall of the Roman Empire produced the barbarian migrations, not vice versa.

    • Major new survey of the Barbarian migrations
    • Integrates archaeological and historical approaches
    • Essential reading for students of early medieval Europe, medieval studies, ancient history and archaeology
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    '… the rich and complex work of a meticulous, original, and daring historian, … Barbarian Migrations and the Roman West should be read by anyone interested the early middle ages, the historical use of archaeological evidence, theories and practices of ethnicity, and finally, in Roman Empire and its ultimate collapse.' Speculum

    'This book is important not only as a systematic statement of important current views on how the last Mediterranean empire of antiquity devolved into a series of recognisably European polities, but also for its impressive fusion of seemingly disparate archaeological and literary/historical materials. A genuinely important contribution to its field, by striving to be accessible to those outside its discipline, this book should contribute beneficially to wider discussions of historical change.' English Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521435437
    • length: 614 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 28 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Romans and Barbarians in the Imperial World:
    1. Introduction: how the west was lost and where it got us
    2. Defining identities
    3. The late Roman Empire in the west
    4. Society beyond the frontier
    5. Romans and Barbarians before 376
    Part II. A World Renegotiated: Western Europe, 376–526:
    6. 376–82: The Gothic crisis
    7. 383–410: The crisis of the empire
    8. 410–55: The triumph of the generals
    9. 455–80: The parting of Gaul and Italy
    10. 480–550: Kingdoms of the empire
    11. Provincial society in the long fifth century
    12. Beyond the old frontier
    Part III. Romans and Barbarians in the Post-Imperial World:
    13. Mechanisms of migration and settlement
    14. New kingdoms, new identities, new peoples?
    15. The roots of failure: a changed world.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Pagans and Christians in the Later Roman Empire
    • Roman Republic and Empire
    • Western Civilization Honors Seminar
    • World History 500AD-1650AD
    • World History Beginning to 500AD
  • Author

    Guy Halsall, University of York
    Guy Halsall is Professor of History at the University of York.

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