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Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World


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In this innovative new study, Patrick Geary rejects traditional notions of European history to present the Merovingian period (ca. 400-750) as an integral part of Late Antiquity. Drawing on current scholarship in archaeology, cultural history, historical ethnography, and other fields, the author formulates an original interpretation not only of Merovingian history but of the Romano-barbarian world from which it arose. Mapping the complex interactions of a volatile era, he carefully traces the Romanization of barbarians and the barbarization of Romans that ultimately made these populations indistinguishable. Authoritative and elegantly written, Before France and Germany

*presents an original and powerful synthesis of one of the most misunderstood periods of European history

*draws on the latest archaeological, ethnographic, and historical findings, including grave finds, court documents, and kinship records

*establishes the Merovingian world as an integral part of late antiquity

*culls and interprets a wealth if specialist Continental scholarship in a concise, readable style

This new study is an important contribution to our understanding of a crucial but often neglected period of Western history.

Table of Contents

The Roman West to the End of the Fifth Century

The Barbarian World to the Sixth Century

Romans and Franks in the Kingdom of Clovis

Sixth Century Francia

Francia under Clothar II and Dagobert I

Merovingian Decline

The Legacy of Merovingian Europe

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Geary, Patrick J.
Oxford University Press, USA
New York :
Ancient - Rome
Europe - Germany
History, World | Medieval
France History To 987.
Germany History To 843.
World History-Germany
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 241-248.
Series Volume:
no. ADM 87-1502
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
3 maps
8.08x5.36x.49 in. .64 lbs.

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