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Published: 05 March 2009

752 Pages | 21 maps


ISBN: 9780199735600

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Empires and Barbarians

The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe

Peter Heather

  • Distinguished ancient historian with a sweeping argument about late antiquity/early medieval history.
  • Offers new understanding of Europe as a zone of political, economic and cultural interaction and of its emergence in the first millennium AD from previous patterns of huge diversity.
  • Argues that this was analogous to contemporary processes of globalization, particular in the way that certain elites in the underdeveloped societies benefitted from interactions with the more developed to cement themselves positions in power.
  • Uses a thorough grounding in patterns of modern human migration to reconsider migration in the first millennium and argue that recent attempts to minimize its importance are misplaced.
  • Covers entire first millennium across Europe.

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