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The Barbarian West 400-1000

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In the fourth century the Roman Empire was under threat. The Barbarians were becoming a powerful force in Europe, and the Huns, the most savage of these tribesmen, were sweeping south towards the imperial frontiers. At the same time the Empire faced growing internal social and economic problems: plague and war had diminished the agricultural population and productivity was ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published December 9th 1996 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1952)
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Joseph Toth
In J.M. Wallace-Hadrill's `The Barbarian West' the author attempts to discuss the major histories of all major Germanic tribes during a 600 year period in 163 pages, not including the 12 page bibliography & 8 page index. Because of this every sentence is heavily laden with information, much of which the author already assumes the reader knows or which he had very briefly mentioned in a prior page. The book is far too dense to serve as an introduction to the period, as the author notes in his ...more
This look at the barbarian history of western Europe after the fall of Rome is full of interesting info, but it is written in an awkward style and the author presumes more familiarity with the history than I had. The frequent jumps in time and place left me struggling to keep up.
Todd Van Meter
The author has a somewhat pedantic writing style but I guess that should be expected as this book is more an academic treatise than a casual read. I found the book to be an informative discourse on this period of western European history and its effect upon our modern society.
Lauren Albert
A rather dry look at the place of different "barbarian" groups in the development of Europe--the Lombards, the Franks, The Visigoths and others
Apparently....the Church used to be evil.
Definitive material on the Middle Ages.
Read this for world history at Normandale Community College and, for a history book, really liked it! Primarily a political history from 400-1000, the fall of the Roman Empire and the subsequent establishment of the Christian Kingdoms, particularly in France & Germany.
Keep thinking its worth reading again, but like all history books I get bored...
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