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. (BARNES & NOBLE).

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User Review  - LukeS - LibraryThing

The long transition from the mature Roman Empire to medieval Europe is something that has long intrigued me. "Before France and Germany" is an excellent guide to this evolution. It traces the internal ... Read full review

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Geary manages to present the decline of Rome, migrations and emerging Merovingian and Carolingian powers in just 200-odd pages. So, there's a lot of content, and paragraphs need to be digested in ... Read full review

About the author (1988)

Patrick J. Geary is at University of California, Los Angeles.

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