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

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

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By (author) Professor of Medieval History Peter Heather

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Format: Paperback | 734 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 51mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN 10: 0199892261
  • ISBN 13: 9780199892266
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 559,852

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At the start of the first millennium AD, southern and western Europe formed part of the Mediterranean-based Roman Empire, the largest state western Eurasia has ever known. This book tells the story of the transformations which changed western Eurasia forever: of the birth of Europe itself.

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Peter Heather is Professor of Medieval History at King's College London. He is the author of The Fall of the Roman Empire, Goths and Romans, 332-489, The Goths, and The Visigoths in the Migration Period.

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"An amiable and learned companion through the centuries of migrations."-Library Journal "An awesomely ambitious work: an attempt, in the heroic tradition of Pirenne, to make sense of nothing less than the reshaping of antiquity, and the origins of modern Europe.... Heather is a wonderfully fluent writer, with a consistent ability to grab hold of his reader's attention.... The result is a book which richly merits reading by those interested in the future of Europe as well as its past."--Tom Holland, BBC History Magazine "Most immediately impressive is Heather's easy command of detail. A jaunty, man of the people prose style masks a sure and scholarly grip on the history and archaeology of the first millenniem A.D. One of Heather's most attractive strengths is his eye for comparision. He neatly sets his thinking about first-millennium migration against modern experiences of the lure of the New World or the desperate flight of Kosovar or Rwandan refugees."--Christopher Kelly, Literary Review "Peter Heather's book is an important contribution to the field--the first up-to-date book that compares the Germanic and the Slav migrations of the early middle ages. It is lucid and it has a complex argument, but it is grippingly written."--Chris Wickham, author of The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000 "This is a major work on the political and ethnic shaping of Europe during the first millennium A.D., embracing not just the Germanic and sub-Roman peoples, but also the Slavs and the Vikings. No one interested in the formation of European states and identities will be able to ignore this book."--Bryan Ward-Perkins, author of The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization "Impressive in its ambition and its scope."-The New Yorker "Heather manages to robustly balance the need for both breadth and depth. A superior piece of scholarship."-DiscoverMagazine.com "While ambitious in sc