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The Goths (The Peoples of Europe) [Hardcover]

Peter Heather
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26 Dec 1996 The Peoples of Europe
The volume is divided into three parts, corresponding to the three main phases in Gothic history: their early history down to the fourth century, the revolution in Gothic society set in motion by the arrival of the Huns, and the history of the Gothic successor states to the western Roman Empire. At its heart lies a new vision of Gothic identity, and of the social caste by whom it was defined and transmitted.

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  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (26 Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631165363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631165361
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 16.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a volume of central importance on the place of the Goths in early European history and a fine contribution to the study of the transformation of Europe after Rome." Times Literary Supplement, January 1998. <!––end––> "... an excellent introduction to the student" Archaeological Review from Cambridge

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This book draws on all of the available literary and archaeological evidence to reconstruct the Goths' dramatic history, and to explore the meaning of Gothic identity at different moments and in different contexts. Between the first and seventh centuries AD, Gothic groups moved thousands of miles across the map of Europe, from the fringes of the Baltic to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In the process, they transformed themselves from an insignificant people on the outskirts of the known world, into highly militarized forces, capable of carving out successor states for themselves from the body politic of the Roman Empire. This comprehensive volume explores the main phases in Gothic history from their early history down to the fourth century, to the revolution in Gothic society set in motion by the arrival of the Huns, and finally to the history of the Gothic successor states to the western Roman Empire.

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In the summer of 376, a large force of Goths came to the river Danube, the north-eastern boundary of the Roman Empire, and asked for asylum. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable 26 Oct 2008
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The section 'Understanding Identity' in Chapter 1, which you can read above, may be rather hard work; but don't be put off because the story gets started in Chapter 2. Books about ancient history are usually quite dry, but because of the exciting narrative thread in this one - which follows the travels of the Goths across Europe - I found it particularly easy to read. I read it from cover to cover in a few days.

I started reading because I wanted to find out more about Ermaneric, who crops up in several medieval sagas. I didn't find out much about him - apparently not much is known - but I got a good overall picture of the Goths and their migrations instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Detail. 3 Feb 2004
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This book covers the involvement of the Goths, both Visigoths and Ostrogoths, in the fall of the Western Roman Empire. By a detailed description of their passing the Danube, covering every little event along the way, every battle and every change in leadership up to and after the fall of Rome. This book also looks over the origins of the Goths, from their original birth place to them being in Germany (Germania).
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent intro for a difficult subject 23 Jun 2003
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This book is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in gothic history, enabling much better understanding of work focusing on more detailed aspects of the subject. While studying the goths at university, i wouldn't have been without it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good History Of The Goth Migrations 3 April 1998
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Although I got got bogged down a bit by the technical details, I still thoroughly enjoyed this work.
The author concentrates on their geographical history rather than their cultural history, but that shouldn't keep anyone from enjoying this work.
I would recommend anyone wanting a cultural history along the lines of Time-Life's "Time-Frame" or "Lost Civilizations" to look elsewhere.
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