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Barbarian Migrations and the Roman West, 376-568

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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 neig ...more
Hardcover, 591 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 28th 2007)
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Lori
Sep 25, 2010 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious European history fans
A major addition to this growing field. Knowledge of the transition from the Roman world to the European world (from about 400AD to about 800AD, aka Late Antiquity, Early Medieval) has been growing rapidly. This knowledge is just now being synthesized and published in books.

This book is from the perspective of the movements of the non-Roman barbarians into what is now western Europe. The author emphasizes the fluidity of ethnic identification as well as the relatively low numbers of the invader
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Mar 21, 2013 Fortunr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Beautifully written book, of great scholarly value and depth. The author demonstrates a deep knowledge of the period. All most contentious issues of the period are thoroughly debated and well researched. Most of his theories are quite compelling (although I do not necessarily agree with some of them, my position being closer to Heather, in more than one instance), but make no mistakes: this book is a must-read for all seriously interested in a deep scholarly analysis of this fascinating and cruc ...more
Anatolikon
I wish I could give this one three and a half stars. While much of the content is excellent, Halsall also leaves his readers hanging with several unproven or poorly proven point. Halsall's ideas are constantly fascinating and refreshing, but it feels like his page space that could be devoted towards better defending them is given over too often to the discussion of "Germanic" vs. "Roman" concepts, a rather tired topic by this point.
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Born 1964, Professor of History at York where he specialises in the late Roman and early medieval period with particular attention to the problems of the relationship between archaeology and documentary history.
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