Britannia - the Failed State

Britannia - the Failed State : Tribal Conflict and the End of Roman Britain

By (author) Stuart Laycock

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Attempts to understand how Roman Britain ends and Anglo-Saxon England begins have been undermined by the division of studies into pre-Roman, Roman and early medieval periods. This groundbreaking new study traces the history of British tribes and British tribal rivalries from the pre-Roman period, through the Roman period and into the post-Roman period. It shows how tribal conflict was central to the arrival of Roman power in Britain and how tribal identities persisted through the Roman period and were a factor in three great convulsions that struck Britain during the Roman centuries. It explores how tribal conflicts may have played a major role in the end of Roman Britain, creating a 'failed state' scenario asking in some ways to those seen recently in Bosnia and Iraq, and brought about the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons. Finally, it considers how British tribal territories and British tribal conflicts can be understood as the direct predecessors of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and Anglo-Saxon conflicts that form the basis of early English History.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 170 x 246 x 18mm | 680.39g
  • 01 Apr 2008
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud
  • English
  • Illustrations map.
  • 0752446142
  • 9780752446141
  • 330,127

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Stuart Laycock studied Classics at Jesus College, Cambridge, and for the last few years has been researching late Roman belt fittings in Britain. He has worked as a writer in advertising and television, and during the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo did aid work there. The unusual blend of his research and experiences allows him a fresh perspective on the subject of this book.

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