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Roman Empire and Its Germanic Peoples

ISBN-10: 0520244907

ISBN-13: 9780520244900

Edition: 2005

Authors: Herwig Wolfram, Thomas Dunlap

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The names of early Germanic warrior tribes and leaders resound in songs and legends; the real story of the part they played in reshaping the ancient world is no less gripping. Herwig Wolfram's panoramic history spans the great migrations of the Germanic peoples and the rise and fall of their kingdoms between the third and eighth centuries, as they invaded, settled in, and ultimately transformed the Roman Empire. As Germanic military kings and their fighting bands created kingdoms, and won political and military recognition from imperial governments through alternating confrontation and accommodation, the "tribes" lost their shared culture and social structure, and became sharply differentiated. They acquired their own regions and their own histories, which blended with the history of the empire. In Wolfram's words, "the Germanic peoples neither destroyed the Roman world nor restored it; instead, they made a home for themselves within it." This story is far from the "decline and fall" interpretation that held sway until recent decades. Wolfram's narrative, based on his sweeping grasp of documentary and archaeological evidence, brings new clarity to a poorly understood period of Western history.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/18/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Herwig Wolfram is Professor of History at the University of Vienna. His earlier History of the Goths (California, 1988) has been widely acclaimed. Thomas Dunlap, translator of History of the Goths and a number of other books including Joachim Bumke's Courtly Culture (California, 1991), lives and works in Belmont, Massachusetts.

List of Genealogical Charts
Chronologies
Introduction
Kings, Heroes, and Tribal Origins
The Empire and the "New" Peoples: From the Marcomannic Wars to the End of the Third Century
The Germanic Peoples as Enemies and Servants of the Empire in the Fourth Century
Emperorship and Kingship on Roman Soil
The Hunnic Alternative
The Kingdom of Toulouse (418-507): Pioneering Achievement and Failed Accommodation
The Vandals (406-534): A Unique Case?
Odovacar, or the Roman Empire That Did Not End
Theodoric (451-526) and Clovis (466/467-511)
A Battle for Rome (526/535-552/555)
Britain Too Was Not Conquered: The Making of England in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries
The Burgundians: Weakness and Resilience (407/413-534)
The Spanish Kingdom of the Visigoths (507/568-711/725): The First Nation of Europe
The Longobard Epilogue (488-643/652)
The Transformation of the Roman World
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Maps