Journals Higher Education



Published: 25 February 1988

272 Pages | 3 maps

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195044584

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Before France and Germany

The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World

Patrick J. Geary

In this innovative study, Patrick Geary rejects traditional conceptions of European history to present the Merovingian period (ca. 400-750) as an integral part of Late Antiquity. Mapping the complex interactions of a volatile era, he formulates an original interpretation not only of Merovingian history but of the Romano-barbarian world, tracing the Romanization of barbarians and the barbarization of the Romans which ultimately made these populations indistinguishable.