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Before France and Germany

The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World

Patrick J. Geary

Publication Date - February 1988

ISBN: 9780195044584

272 pages
5-5/16 x 8 inches

Retail Price to Students: $84.99


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.