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Europe's Barbarians AD 200-600

1st Edition

By Edward James

Routledge

356 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Who Are the Barbarians? 2. The Barbarians before AD 376 3. The Barbarians from 376 to 476 4. The Barbarians after 476 5. Ethnicity, Ethnogenesis and Identity 6. The Barbarians at Home 7. Barbarians in Roman 8. Barbarians on the Move 9. Assimilation, Acculturation and Accomodation 10. From Paganisms to Christianities 11. Kingdoms, 12. Conclusions

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS010000
HISTORY / Europe / General
HIS037000
HISTORY / World