Integration und Herrschaft : ethnische Identitäten und soziale Organisation im Frühmittelalter /
herausgegeben von Walter Pohl und Maximilian Diesenberger.
Wien : Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2002.
354 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.
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Wien : Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2002.
contents note
Städte, Kirchen und ethnische Identitäten -- Regnum und Gens in der fränkischen Welt -- Gotische Identitäten -- Die frühen Slawen : Integration ohne Herrschaft? -- Wandlungen in der römischen Welt.
general note
Proceedings of a conference held March 26-28, 1998.
language note
Contributions in German and English.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [323]-354).
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Long Description
This volume examines the integration of the barbarians into the Late Antique world in the context of Late Antique and Early Medieval forms of social integration. The two central features of this process were the building of new power structures on the territory of the Roman Empire and beyond, and the ethnic integration to which the Roman-barbarian Regna owed their cohesion. The particular significance of the volume lies in the wide horizons of the collection-early medievalists disclose a field of study that stretches from west-Roman/Frankish Europe to the Byzantine and Slavic east and into Islamic Spain. Just as diverse are the approaches taken, inspired by the early medieval research tradition of the "Vienna School". Several of the contributions show that the transition from antique forms of social and political integration in the fifth and sixth centuries was similar in east and west. The building of a common identity from the awareness of self and the perceptions of others, especially in the case of the Franks, is re-interpreted from a number of angles. The role of the church in the integration of the new Gentes and Regna is investigated and differentiated. The problems of the relationship between the settlement processes proper and ethnic processes are explored from archaeological and historical perspectives. The role and self image of the kingdoms of the Goths, Alamans and Franks are investigated in detail, including a critical analysis of the role of historiography. There are new insights into the cultural basis of ethnic and social integration, in which the appropriation and interpretation of the past play a role. Finally, several contributions are dedicated to the role of the Slavs in the "Transformation of the Roman World", a role that has often been overlooked. The majority of these articles originated as papers presented at an international symposium organized by the Forschungstelle fur Geschichte des Mittelalters of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. English translation in catalog.
Main Description
Twenty-one papers, from a conference held in Schloss Neuwaldegg in Austria in 1998, examine the ethnic identity and social organisation of the populations of Europe, particularly central Europe, during the post-Roman period. The emphasis is on the ways in which nomadic tribes integrated with indigenous populations, filling the political vacuum left by the Romans. Contributors discuss the influence of the papacy and the church, Frankish kings, the Carolingian empire, the Ostrogoths and Visigoths, the ethnic identity of the early Slavs and their rulers, and the transformation from Roman bureaucrats to medieval warlords. Thirteen papers, including the conclusion, are in English, the rest in German.

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