CHARACTERS ß The Early Germans (The Peoples of Europe)

SUMMARY ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Malcolm Todd

This illustrated history of the early Germanic peoples has been updated to take account of new archaeological evidence and advances in interpretationUpdated edition of this illustrated treatment of t. The growing number of volumes in the “Peoples of Europe” series are generally uite useful to students of early medieval history; at less than 300 pages they do well as surveys This one unfortunately is one of the less readable efforts Todd is interested in the Germanic tribes and their migrations from the early Roman Empire up to about 700 AD but he wanders from a chronological coverage of all the multitude of Germanic peoples who never thought of themselves as “Germans” in the first place to a topical one chapters on economy and agriculture social institutions burial practices trade and diplomacy art and technology etc to a geographical survey divided into sections on Goths Vandals Franks Burgundians Gepids Lombards and oddly Scandinavians It’s a confusing book to read with various groups appearing naturally in each other’s chapters Todd also mentions in passing specialized information or rival interpretations of the sources that he apparently assumes everyone knows which is a bad assumption in a survey of this kind While there’s useful stuff here I would not suggest this as a first resource for someone new to the field Instead I would recommend the separate books in this series by James on the Franks Heather on the Goths and Christie on the Lombards and Heather’s latest The Fall of the Roman Empire 2006 over all of them

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The Early Germans The Peoples of EuropeIcal evidence and review recent historical interpretationOffers new insights into developments in central and eastern EuropeTen new illustrations have been added featuring significant new discoveries. The Germans are one of the most interesting ancient peoples of Europe and Todd makes an amazing job in narrating what’s known about their history and their possible way of life The book is divided in two parts one for the origins before the age of migrations and one for the confederation groups that arose around the age and migrations and about their kingdoms at the core of what it was the western roman empire or at its fringes The book is a masterpiece recommended for anyone interested in early Germanic studies His narration of the Germans origins in the first part of the book dives in so many different sources and archeology findings to describe to the greatest possible detail early German societies from around 1 Century CE until 4th5th Century CE The topics ranged from societal structures to kinship as well as diplomacy arts religion and trade among others The mixture of archeology and narration for history through historical sources comes up a bit heavy and for some people could be a bit boring as they become complicated and entranced in many material and burial findings Nonetheless the author writes in such an interesting and cohesive way that is a worthy reading for not saying exhaustive The author summarizes in the second part of the book the road to power of the main Germanic confederations their armies and “peoples” who entered the roman empire or influenced from its limits; amassing kingdoms for themselves even on former roman soil Some are way described than others and its clear by his descriptions the disparity of information that has come to our days between contemporary societies due to the amount of modern performed studies From the ones we hear are the ones who could stay in power longer and play bigger roles in European politics or that laid the foundations of actual states We hear of many Germanic peoples and some probably due to the virtual inexistent information are left behind as is the case for the Herulii the Rugii and the Scirii who would probably disappear inside other known and powerful groupings Still we learn about the Suevi the Vandals the Goths the Franks the Alamanni the Burgundians The Saxons the Frisians the Scandinavians the Gepids the Bavarians the Lombards and the Thuringians Many of the descriptions can only be described as introductions to each grouping as it is clear that author’s main focus is not to go deep on each grouping but rather to show a summarized and well written view on the actual knowledge derived from archeology and written sources

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CHARACTERS ß The Early Germans (The Peoples of Europe) ☆ This illustrated history of the early Germanic peoples has been updated to take account of new archaeological evidence and advances in interpretationUpdated edition of this illustrated treatment of the early Germanic peoples Provides an overview of current knowledge of He early Germanic peoples Provides an overview of current knowledge of the early GermansPresents their social structure settlements trade customs religion and craftsmanshipIncorporates new archaeolog. Early German history is very often distorted by far right germanic groups such as the Nazi party of the 1930s40s and recently some far right parties within Germany and Britain The early German to them is a noble savage an heir to Rome Since the days of Gobineau the subject of the early Germans have often been neglected by historians and is often left to the hands of far right parties to distort it