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Title: Barbarian Migrations and the Roman West, 376-568
Author: Halsall, Guy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521435437
Volumes: 1; Pages: 614
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This is a major new 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 neighbours were inextricably linked. A narrative account of the turbulent fifth and early sixth centuries is followed by a description of society and politics during the migration period and an analysis of the mechanisms of settlement and the changes of identity. Guy Halsall reveals that the creation and maintenance of kingdoms and empires was impossible without the active involvement of people in the communities of Europe and North Africa. He concludes that, contrary to most opinions, the fall of the Roman Empire produced the barbarian migrations, not vice versa.ContentsPart I. Romans and Barbarians in the Imperial World1. Introduction: how the west was lost and where it got us2. Defining identities3. The late Roman Empire in the west4. Society beyond the frontier5. Romans and Barbarians before 376Part II. A World Renegotiated: Western Europe, 376-5266. 376-82: The Gothic crisis7. 383-410: The crisis of the empire8. 410-55: The triumph of the generals9. 455-80: The parting of Gaul and Italy10. 480-550: Kingdoms of the empire11. Provincial society in the long fifth century12. Beyond the old frontierPart III. Romans and Barbarians in the Post-Imperial World13. Mechanisms of migration and settlement14. New kingdoms, new identities, new peoples?15. The roots of failure: a changed world.