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From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms

In 300 C.E. the Roman Empire stretched from Britain to Mesopotamia, from the North Sea to the Sahara Desert. A mere three hundred years later the Roman imperial structure was gone, replaced by a series of barbarian kingdoms that became the basis of Europe's eventual medieval and modern states. In this anthology Thomas F.X. Noble presents a collection of key articles, written by leading scholars over the last twenty years, that examine how and why the dominance of the Roman Empire ended and how new forms of government and society were established.
Since the Renaissance, historians have tended to understand the events of the period in terms of a dramatic "decline and fall" of Rome. However, these revisionist essays provide an overview of how contemporary historians have furthered the debate, reassessing how abruptly the shift from Roman Empire to barbarian Europe occurred, and the origins and causes of the development of the Middle Ages and the new order. Rome played a key role in guiding this transformation and these essays also include a wealth of material on the characteristics and experiences of the barbarian tribes, the relationships they forged with the Romans and how far their new kingdoms were influenced by Rome.
With an accessible and informative introduction, and thorough editorial material accompanying each section," From Roman Provinces to" "Medieval Kingdoms "is highly readable and informative compilation of current work and recent perspectives, making complex debates accessible to students and exposing them to the key debates surrounding the study of the era.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Romans, Barbarians and the Transformation of the Roman Empire Part 1: Barbarian Ethnicity and Identity 1. The Crisis of European Identity 2. Gothic History as Historical Ethnography 3. Origo et Religio: Ethnic Traditions and Literature in Early Medieval Texts 4. Does the Distant Past Impinge on the Invasion Age Germans? 5. Defining the Franks: Frankish Origins in Early Medieval Historiography 6. Telling the Difference: Signs of Ethnic Identity 7. Gender and Ethnicity in the Early Middle Ages 8. Archaeologists and Migrations Part 2: Accommodating the Barbarians 9. Movers and Shakers: The Barbarians and the Fall of Rome 10. The Barbarians in Late Antiquity and How They Were Accommodated in the West 11. Foedera and Foederati in the Fourth Century 12. Cities, Taxes and the Accommodation of the Barbarians Part 3: Barbarian and Roman in the Merovingian Kingdom in Gaul 13. Grave Goods and the Ritual Expression of Identity 14. The Two Faces of Childeric: History, Archaeology, Historiography 15. Frankish Victory Celebrations 16. Administrations, Law and Culture in Merovingian Gaul 17. Pax et Disciplina: Roman Public Law and the Merovingian State

About the Author

University of Notre Dame, US


'Noble's editorial interventions provide welcome assistance... Moreover, each essay, and each section of the book, is introduced succinctly by Noble, often with a set of questions that are designed to prompt critical reading... I have no doubt that the book will prove immensely useful... an excellent resource... [This book has] great value and broad appeal: anyone with a serious interest in how modern scholars engage with their past will learn much from Noble's superlative collection.' - Classics Ireland 'an excellent introductioon... this collection is to be commended.' - Journal of Medieval Archaeology

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