Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World

Paperback | April 1, 1994

byPatrick J. Geary

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In this innovative study, Patrick Geary rejects traditional conceptions of European history to present the Merovingian period (ca. 400-750) as an integral part of Late Antiquity. Mapping the complex interactions of a volatile era, he formulates an original interpretation not only ofMerovingian history but of the Romano-barbarian world, tracing the Romanization of barbarians and the barbarization of the Romans which ultimately made these populations indistinguishable.

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In this innovative study, Patrick Geary rejects traditional conceptions of European history to present the Merovingian period (ca. 400-750) as an integral part of Late Antiquity. Mapping the complex interactions of a volatile era, he formulates an original interpretation not only ofMerovingian history but of the Romano-barbarian world...

Patrick J. Geary is at University of California, Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.39 × 7.99 × 0.55 inPublished:April 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"A very revealing yet succinct account of a topic long considered confused if not irrelevant. Geary's synthesis is based upon firm control of early medieval sources and modern scholarship."--Harry Rosenberg, Colorado State University