Romans and Barbarians: The Decline of the Western Empire

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2002 - History - 329 pages
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The Fall of the Roman Empire--from the barbarian's perspective

Available for the first time in paperback, this classic work by renowned historian E.A. Thompson examines the fall of the Roman Empire in the West from the barbarian perspective and experience. Standard interpretations of the decline of the Roman Empire in the West view the barbarian invaders as destroyers. Thompson, however, argues that the relationship between the invaders and the invaded was far more complex than the common interpretation would suggest. This edition includes a new foreword by F.M. Clover and J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz.
 

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Contents

Gaul
23
Noricum
113
Spain
137
The Gothic Kingdom and the Dark Age of Spain
188
Spain and Britain
208
Barbarian Collaborators and Christians
230
The Visigoths in Aquitaine Why?
251
Abbreviations
257
Notes
263
Index
311
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E. A. Thompson (1914-1994) was professor of classics at the University of Nottingham in England from 1948 to 1979. His many books include A History of Attila and the Huns, The Visigoths in the Time of Ulfila, and The Goths in Spain.

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