Peter heather empires and barbarians

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Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe by Peter Heather

Here is a fresh, provocative look at how a recognizable Europe came into being in the first millennium AD. With sharp analytic insight, Peter Heather explores the dynamics of migration and social and economic interaction that changed two vastly different worlds?the undeveloped barbarian world and the sophisticated Roman Empire?into remarkably similar societies and states.
The books vivid narrative begins at the time of Christ, when the Mediterranean circle, newly united under the Romans, hosted a politically sophisticated, economically advanced, and culturally developed civilization?one with philosophy, banking, professional armies, literature, stunning architecture, even garbage collection. The rest of Europe, meanwhile, was home to subsistence farmers living in small groups, dominated largely by Germanic speakers. Although having some iron tools and weapons, these mostly illiterate peoples worked mainly in wood and never built in stone. The farther east one went, the simpler it became: fewer iron tools and ever less productive economies. And yet ten centuries later, from the Atlantic to the Urals, the European world had turned. Slavic speakers had largely superseded Germanic speakers in central and Eastern Europe, literacy was growing, Christianity had spread, and most fundamentally, Mediterranean supremacy was broken. The emergence of larger and stronger states in the north and east had, by the year 1000, brought patterns of human organization into much greater homogeneity across the continent. Barbarian Europe was barbarian no longer.
Bringing the whole of first millennium European history together for the first time, and challenging current arguments that migration played but a tiny role in this unfolding narrative, Empires and Barbarians views the destruction of the ancient world order in the light of modern migration and globalization patterns. The result is a compelling, nuanced, and integrated view of how the foundations of modern Europe were laid.

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Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe

By Peter Heather. New York: Oxford University Press, For the counter-reformers, the years leading up to c. Heather wants to examine the whole first millennium and the shaping of Europe after Hence he opens with an incident of , from a Frankish chronicle, in which a band of Moravians mutilated and killed a Frankish leader on their territory. Migration and identity take center stage.

Tom Holland admires a book that examines the role of migration in shaping a continent. As in politics, so in the infinitely more rarefied field of ancient history: mass immigration is a subject that has long been regarded as off limits. The 19th-century presumption held that antiquity had been fashioned by wave after wave of ethnically distinct peoples, breaking across Europe at regular intervals, and climaxing in a flood tide so prodigious that it ended up drowning the Roman empire altogether; but Nazi racial science served to discredit that particular model forever. Accordingly, since the Second World War, historians and archaeologists have preferred to emphasise continuity rather than change, and to discount the very notion of there having been mass population movements during the period of late antiquity. Like the early Christian theologian Origen, however, who held that even Satan might be saved, Heather is unafraid to press a taboo-hedged case.

Several years ago, my department deployed computer projectors to show maps, images, or whatever in our classes. We stored all the old pull-down maps that a younger generation may not even remember, but which were used to instruct me and I in turn used to instruct my students until then. However, whatever their faults, many of these old maps were things of beauty, lovingly produced by dedicated scholars of two generations ago. So we had them framed and they now decorate the department halls. One such map, dated and entitled "Barbarian Migrations," purports to show the collapse of the western empire in the fourth and fifth centuries and the subsequent creation of new barbarian kingdoms in the fifth and sixth. It is full of multi-colored arrows crossing the Rhine and the Danube and suggests powerful invading forces wreaking havoc on an already divided empire.

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Peter Heather has researched the massive culture shift at the end of the roman empire, and has concentrated on the migrations. He has documented the three types of Migrations and explored their Peter Heather. Empires and Barbarians presents a fresh, provocative look at how a recognizable Europe came into being in the first millennium AD. With sharp analytic insight, Peter Heather explores the dynamics of migration and social and economic interaction that changed two vastly different worlds--the undeveloped barbarian world and the sophisticated Roman Empire--into remarkably similar societies and states. The book's vivid narrative begins at the time of Christ, when the Mediterranean circle, newly united under the Romans, hosted a politically sophisticated, economically advanced, and culturally developed civilization--one with philosophy, banking, professional armies, literature, stunning architecture, even garbage collection.

Peter Heather. At pages, this is a serious academic work, yet its tone and language remain admirably accessible and engaging for the interested, if uninitiated, general audience. This is not an easy subject to cover. There are fewer primary sources than for the imperial period and there are a lot of different and not-well-understood characters and nations entering the narrative. The Huns, Vandals, and Visigoths are well known by reputation but Heather deals with the Suevi and the Taifali as well.

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    Here is a fresh, provocative look at how a recognizable Europe came into being in the first millennium AD.

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