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The Roman Empire and Its Germanic Peoples (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – November 1997

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"[Wolfram's] detailed survey makes clear the breathtaking transformation wrought by the Germanic tribes." - Kirkus Reviews "[A] classic work.... This clever and subtle text... comes over clearly, unravelling the kaleidoscopic hybridity of the world of Goths, Vandals, Huns, Burgundians, Franks and Lombards." - Times Literary Supplement "[Wolfram] explores the high points in the history of a number of closely related Germanic societies as they faced the power of the Roman Empire and Roman imperial society.... This is a learned, sophisticated, and valuable book - one which can address the interests of people on all levels of erudition." - Robert L. Benson, co-editor of Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century"

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The names of early Germanic warrior tribes and leaders resound in songs and legends; the real story of the part they played in reshaping the ancient world is no less gripping. Herwig Wolfram's panoramic history spans the great migrations of the Germanic peoples and the rise and fall of their kingdoms between the third and eighth centuries, as they invaded, settled in, and ultimately transformed the Roman Empire. As Germanic military kings and their fighting bands created kingdoms, and won political and military recognition from imperial governments through alternating confrontation and accommodation, the "tribes" lost their shared culture and social structure, and became sharply differentiated. They acquired their own regions and their own histories, which blended with the history of the empire.In Wolfram's words, "the Germanic peoples neither destroyed the Roman world nor restored it; instead, they made a home for themselves within it." This story is far from the "decline and fall" interpretation that held sway until recent decades.

Wolfram's narrative, based on his sweeping grasp of documentary and archaeological evidence, brings new clarity to a poorly understood period of Western history.

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Von Ein Kunde am 2. Juni 1999
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
A stunning interpretation of the interactions between the Roman empire and the Germanic peoples who came to inhabit it. Demolishes the ides of "barbarian invasions" and demonstrates the lasting (and durable) power of Roman culture and politics.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Of Romans and Germans 21. April 2008
Von K. Murphy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Mr. Wolfram has definitely done his homework; this is a well-written and extremely informative, if a rather dry, look at the relationship between Roman and German for really the entire Roman Imperial Period, though naturally focusing mostly on the AD 300-600 area (not to sound petty, but I was hoping for more information on the Germans of the earlier centuries, other than the Cherusci in AD 9 and the Marcomannic Wars you don't hear much about them). Much of the book is about the various Germanic kings who carved out their own pieces of the Roman Empire in the 5th and 6th Centuries, like Gaiseric, Theodoric, Clovis, Odovacar, and others, and the movements and separate cultures and personalities of the major groups, the Goths, Vandals, Burgundians, and others are also profiled. I particularly appreciated the author's look at the events of AD 476 in Chapter Eight, the `Empire that Did Not End'. Also, he makes it clear that he sees the Barbarian `Invasions' as not invasions but immigration, from Italy to England. Also included are some useful genealogy charts and chronologies. Overall, a single great book on the early Germanic Kingdoms for those with a serious interest.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Hard to read, but worth it 1. November 2010
Von Christopher R. Travers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I found this book hard to read, compared to the two other books in my library which cover similar ground, namely The Early Germans (The Peoples of Europe) and The Goths (The Peoples of Europe).

However, while the book is quite dry and unengaging, and while this does detract from the book to a significant extent (hence only four stars) the book presents a compelling picture of the decline of the Roman Empire and the rise of Germanic successor states which combines economic, military, and social elements, and which provides insights that no other book in my library does.

For example, Wolfram makes a great deal of the differences in tax income, military expenditures, and economic disparity between the Eastern Roman Empire and the Western Roman Empire. He points out that the Eastern Empire spent more on their military than the Western Empire did on their entire budget, and he attributes this to problems with taxes caused by tremendous economic disparity in the West. Wolfram offers many other valuable insights in this work, so this is still a very valuable addition to the library of any history buff.

Recommended.
5.0 von 5 Sternen This is a very enjoyable book. If you are ... 18. November 2015
Von J. Zink - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This is a very enjoyable book. If you are interested in why the Roman Empire had its downfall, this book will give you the details. I found it very readable. Not a book you can hurry through, but if you want to learn about events in that era, you will find this book informative. His other book on the Goths is also worth reading.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 19. März 2016
Von L. M. Binder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A classic on this topic by Viennese historian.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Roman and German 20. September 2013
Von Ramona Denny - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Covers a long history with Germans from the area now called Germany plus German speakers from many other areas (much farther to the East).
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