Barbarian Migrations And the Roman West, 376-568 | The Franks | The Huns | Early Germans | The Later Roman Empire | History of the Goths | The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity 395-700 AD | The Merovingian Kingdoms, 450-751 | Before France and Germany
As Germanic military kings and their fighting bands created kingdoms, and won political and military recognition from imperial governments through alternating confrontation and accommodation, the "tribes" lost their shared culture and social structure, and became sharply differentiated. They acquired their own regions and their own histories, which blended with the history of the empire. In Wolfram's words, "the Germanic peoples neither destroyed the Roman world nor restored it; instead, they made a home for themselves within it."
This story is far from the "decline and fall" interpretation that held sway until recent decades. Wolfram's narrative, based on his sweeping grasp of documentary and archaeological evidence, brings new clarity to a poorly understood period of Western history.
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