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The Early Germans (Peoples of Europe)

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Author: Malcolm Todd
Genre: History, Archaeology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date Published: November 30, 2004
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Great Survey of A Generally Neglected Topic

  • Oct 10, 2010
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I haven't read any of the other "Peoples of Europe" books yet (just about to start on the book on the Goths) but I found this to be a great introductory survey of what was known about the Classical and Migration-Age Germanic peoples generally. The book covered, in a cursory fashion, the Goths, Franks, Alamanni, Lombards, and so forth, as well as general discussions about the archaeology and textual evidence. Given the nature of the evidence, the book leans very heavily towards the archaeological corpus. The book is divided into two parts. The first covers various topics, such as the landscape and the people, difficulties of Roman conquest, the role of Rome, trade, art, religion, military approaches and challenges, etc. This section is excellent. The second covers distinct clusters of Germanic peoples, such as the Goths, the "Northern People" and the like. This section is also quite interesting but seemed overly cursory (presumably this is a way into many of the other books in the series though, so I am not holding it against the author here). All in all, I'd say, "Highly recommended"

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