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Barbarians and Romans, A.D. 418-584: The Techniques of Accommodation

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Despite intermittent turbulence and destruction, much of the Roman West came under barbarian control in an orderly fashion. Goths, Burgundians, and other aliens were accommodated within the provinces without disrupting the settled population or overturning the patterns of landownership. Walter Goffart examines these arrangements and shows that they were based on the proced ...more
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Published October 21st 1987 by Princeton University Press (first published October 1st 1987)
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Flint Johnson
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With the admission that I am not a specialist in Roman history, Goffart was the first scholar to truly challenge the basic assumptions of Edward Gibbon's 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', that the barbarians invaded and destroyed the empire. Through intensive study of the newer Roman laws and a critical analysis of the source material, he was able to teach us that the Roman Empire collapsed from within, and that the barbarians, respectful of Roman culture, supported the crumbling empire fa ...more
Robert
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book is based on the premise that the migrations of the Germanic peoples at the end of the Roman Empire is more of a pre-figuration of the eventually unified Germanic states of the 19th century, posited by the then-working German historiographers, than anything one could ever find in the sparse historical record.

It is from that vantage point that Goffart works out how the accommodation of the Germanic peoples at the end of the Roman Empire actually worked, analyzing in detail the
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Shannon
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
A very conservative historian, Goffart took great pains to fully document/footnote his work. Focusing almost entirely on tax records, he made the argument that the coming of barbarian rule was not a series of violent battles, but more of an accomodation stemming from Roman tax policy. The argument was well defended and laid out, but the material and writing style was extremely dry.
Phil
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
Shallow treatment of the relationship between the Romans and their neighbors.
Reader2007
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-textbooks
Terribly dry. Yet incredibly accurate historically. Read again.

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