The Early Germans

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 4, 2009 - History - 288 pages
For many centuries Germanic peoples occupied much of northern and central Europe. From the fourth century onward migrant groups extended their power and influence over much of western Europe and beyond to North Africa. In so doing, they established enduring states in France, Spain, Italy and Britain. This illustrated book makes use of archaeological and literary sources to outline the ethnogenesis and history of the early Germanic peoples. It provides an overview of current knowledge of these peoples, their social structure, settlements, trade, customs, religion, craftsmanship and relations with the Roman Empire.

In this second edition, the author incorporates important new archaeological evidence and reports on advances in historical interpretation. In particular, he offers new insights into developments in central and eastern Europe and the implications for our understanding of migration and settlement patterns, ethnicity and identity. Ten new plates have been added featuring significant new sites discovered in recent years.


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odd's book has become the standard introduction to the history and archaeology of the early Germanic peoples in English. In a remarkably clear and concise work, Todd manages a comprehensive overview ... Read full review


Part I Germania
Part II Germanic Europe
From Antiquity to Today

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Malcolm Todd is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology and former Principal of Trevelyan College in the University of Durham. He is the author interalia of ‘The Northern Barbarians’ (Second Edition, Blackwell Publishing, 1987) and ‘Roman Britain’ (Third Edition, Blackwell Publishing, 1999), editor of ‘The Blackwell Companion to Roman Britain’ (Blackwell Publishing, 2003) and a contributor to ‘The Cambridge Ancient History’ and ‘Der Neue Pauly’.

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