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The Vandals

The Vandals

Paperback Peoples of Europe

By (author) Andrew Merrills, By (author) Richard Miles

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 228mm x 20mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 28 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118785096
  • ISBN 13: 9781118785096
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 601,632

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The Vandals is the first book available in the English Language dedicated to exploring the sudden rise and dramatic fall of this complex North African Kingdom. This complete history provides a full account of the Vandals and re-evaluates key aspects of the society including: Political and economic structures such as the complex foreign policy which combined diplomatic alliances and marriages with brutal raiding The extraordinary cultural development of secular learning, and the religious struggles that threatened to tear the state apart The nature of Vandal identity from a social and gender perspective.

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Andy Merrills is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester. He is author of History and Geography in Late Antiquity (2005) and editor of Vandals, Romans and Berbers: New Perspectives on Late Antique North Africa (2004). Richard Miles teaches ancient history at the University of Sydney. As well as having directed archaeological excavations in Carthage, he has written widely on ancient North Africa including Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Superpower (2010).

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"Merrills and Miles have produced an outstanding piece of scholarship that makes a genuine contribution to the field, and that will reward the close attention both of scholars and of educated laypeople interested in the transformation of the ancient Mediterranean into the world of the early Middle Ages." ( Speculum , April 2012)

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"Merrills and Miles have produced an outstanding piece of scholarship that makes a genuine contribution to the field, and that will reward the close attention both of scholars and of educated laypeople interested in the transformation of the ancient Mediterranean into the world of the early Middle Ages." ("Speculum," April 2012)"This is the fresh historical overview of the Vandals and the Vandal state in Africa for which we have long been looking. Both the ethnic group and their historical role in Mediterranean history have been the subject of much recent revisionist work, all of it crying out for a new general summa. Merrills and Miles have provided it, and admirably so.""Brent D. Shaw, Princeton University""At the turn of the fifth century North Africa was a rebellious island of the Roman West, the scene of religious discontent and social unrest, both so troubling to the Roman throne. Into this mess burst the Vandals, who interrupted the 'rhythm' of Roman life for over a century. Merrills and Miles examine every aspect of this drama with infectious enthusiasm and great sympathy for the participants. This is an amazing book.""Frank M. Clover, University of Wisconsin-Madison""At last, a major reappraisal of the Vandals, combining the latest research and new critical judgments on the supposedly archetypal barbarian despoilers of Classical civilization - this book is a superb addition to the Blackwell Peoples series.""David Mattingly, University of Leicester" "The Vandals" is the first book available in the English Language dedicated to exploring the sudden rise and dramatic fall of this complex North African Kingdom. Today, the Vandals are remembered primarily as a metaphor for violent and uncultured destruction, but as the Roman Empire came to an end, the Vandals began to exert considerable influence, occupying Carthage and establishing one of the richest kingdoms of the early medieval world. This complete history provides a full account of the Vandals and re-evaluates key aspects of the society including political and economic structures; the complex foreign policy which combined diplomatic alliances and marriages with brutal raiding; the extraordinary cultural development of secular learning; the religious struggles that threatened to tear the state apart; and the nature of Vandal identity, examined from a social and gender perspective. Drawing upon new archaeological findings, as well as textual evidence, the authors present a provocative reinterpretation of this long-forgotten chapter of late antiquity.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations viii Preface ix List of Abbreviations xii 1 The Vandals in History 1 2 From the Danube to Africa 27 3 Ruling the Vandal Kingdom ad 435--534 56 4 Identity and Ethnicity in the Vandal Kingdom 83 5 The Vandal Kingdom and the Wider World, ad 439--534 109 6 The Economy of Vandal Africa 141 7 Religion and the Vandal Kingdom 177 8 Cultural Life Under the Vandals 204 9 Justinian and the End of the Vandal Kingdom 228 Notes 256 Pre-1800 Sources 306 Works Post 1800 313 Index 341