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The Vandals /
Andy Merrills and Richard Miles.
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Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
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xiv, 351 p. ; 24 cm.
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9781405160681 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
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9781405160681 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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The Vandals in history -- From the Danube to Africa -- Ruling the Vandal kingdom, A.D. 435-534 -- Identity and ethnicity in the Vandal kingdom -- Vandals in the wider world, 439-534 -- The economy of Vandal Africa -- Religion and the Vandal kingdom -- Cultural life under the Vandals -- Justinian and the end of the Vandal kingdom.
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7092870
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"...Andy Merrills and Richard Miles have done us a great service with this clear, erudite, and engaging study." ( Melbourne Historical Journal, 1 December 2012)
"…Andy Merrills and Richard Miles have done us a great service with this clear, erudite, and engaging study." ( Melbourne Historical Journal, 1 December 2012)
"...Andy Merrills and Richard Miles have done us a great service with this clear, erudite, and engaging study." ( Melbourne Historical Journal, 1 December 2012) ?This is the fresh historical overview of the Vandals and the Vandal state in Africa for which we have long been looking. Both the ethnic group and their historical role in Mediterranean history have been the subject of much recent revisionist work, all of it crying out for a new general summa. Merrills and Miles have provided it, and admirably so.? Brent D. Shaw, Princeton University ?At the turn of the fifth century North Africa was a rebellious island of the Roman West, the scene of religious discontent and social unrest, both so troubling to the Roman throne. Into this mess burst the Vandals, who interrupted the ?rhythm? of Roman life for over a century. Merrills and Miles examine every aspect of this drama with infectious enthusiasm and great sympathy for the participants. This is an amazing book.? Frank M. Clover, University of Wisconsin-Madison "At last, a major reappraisal of the Vandals, combining the latest research and new critical judgements on the supposedly archetypal barbarian despoilers of Classical civilisation - this book is a superb addition to the Blackwell Peoples series." David Mattingly, University of Leicester
"…Andy Merrills and Richard Miles have done us a great service with this clear, erudite, and engaging study." ( Melbourne Historical Journal, 1 December 2012) "This is the fresh historical overview of the Vandals and the Vandal state in Africa for which we have long been looking. Both the ethnic group and their historical role in Mediterranean history have been the subject of much recent revisionist work, all of it crying out for a new general summa. Merrills and Miles have provided it, and admirably so." Brent D. Shaw, Princeton University "At the turn of the fifth century North Africa was a rebellious island of the Roman West, the scene of religious discontent and social unrest, both so troubling to the Roman throne. Into this mess burst the Vandals, who interrupted the 'rhythm' of Roman life for over a century. Merrills and Miles examine every aspect of this drama with infectious enthusiasm and great sympathy for the participants. This is an amazing book." Frank M. Clover, University of Wisconsin-Madison "At last, a major reappraisal of the Vandals, combining the latest research and new critical judgements on the supposedly archetypal barbarian despoilers of Classical civilisation - this book is a superb addition to the Blackwell Peoples series." David Mattingly, University of Leicester
"This is the fresh historical overview of the Vandals and the Vandal state in Africa for which we have long been looking. Both the ethnic group and their historical role in Mediterranean history have been the subject of much recent revisionist work, all of it crying out for a new general summa. Merrills and Miles have provided it, and admirably so." Brent D. Shaw, Princeton University "At the turn of the fifth century North Africa was a rebellious island of the Roman West, the scene of religious discontent and social unrest, both so troubling to the Roman throne. Into this mess burst the Vandals, who interrupted the 'rhythm' of Roman life for over a century. Merrills and Miles examine every aspect of this drama with infectious enthusiasm and great sympathy for the participants. This is an amazing book." Frank M. Clover, University of Wisconsin-Madison "At last, a major reappraisal of the Vandals, combining the latest research and new critical judgements on the supposedly archetypal barbarian despoilers of Classical civilisation - this book is a superb addition to the Blackwell Peoples series." David Mattingly, University of Leicester
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Summaries
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The Vandals is the first book available in the English Language dedicated to exploring the sudden rise and dramatic fall of this complex North African Kingdom. Today, the Vandals are remembered primarily as a metaphor for violent and uncultured destruction, but as the Roman Empire came to an end, the Vandals began to exert considerable influence, occupying Carthage and establishing one of the richest kingdoms of the early medieval world. This complete history provides a full account of the Vandals and re-evaluates key aspects of the society including political and economic structures; the complex foreign policy which combined diplomatic alliances and marriages with brutal raiding; the extraordinary cultural development of secular learning; the religious struggles that threatened to tear the state apart; and the nature of Vandal identity, examined from a social and gender perspective. Drawing upon new archaeological findings, as well as textual evidence, the authors present a provocative reinterpretation of this long-forgotten chapter of late antiquity.
Long Description
The Vandals is the first book available in the English Language dedicated to exploring the sudden rise and dramatic fall of this complex North African Kingdom. Today, the Vandals are remembered primarily as a metaphor for violent and uncultured destruction, but as the Roman Empire came to an end, the Vandals began to exert considerable influence, occupying Carthage and establishing one of the richest kingdoms of the early medieval world.This complete history provides a full account of the Vandals and re-evaluates key aspects of the society including political and economic structures; the complex foreign policy which combined diplomatic alliances and marriages with brutal raiding; the extraordinary cultural development of secular learning; the religious struggles that threatened to tear the state apart; and the nature of Vandal identity, examined from a social and gender perspective. Drawing upon new archaeological findings, as well as textual evidence, the authors present a provocative reinterpretation of this long-forgotten chapter of late antiquity.
Main Description
The Vandals is the first book available in the English Language dedicated to exploring the sudden rise and dramatic fall of this complex North African Kingdom. This complete history provides a full account of the Vandals and re-evaluates key aspects of the society including: Political and economic structures such as the complex foreign policy which combined diplomatic alliances and marriages with brutal raiding The extraordinary cultural development of secular learning, and the religious struggles that threatened to tear the state apart The nature of Vandal identity from a social and gender perspective.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
The Vandals in Historyp. 1
From the Danube to Africap. 27
Ruling the Vandal Kingdom AD 435-534p. 56
Identity and Ethnicity in the Vandal Kingdomp. 83
The Vandal Kingdom and the Wider World, AD 439-534p. 109
The Economy of Vandal Africap. 141
Religion and the Vandal Kingdomp. 177
Cultural Life Under the Vandalsp. 204
Justinian and the End of the Vandal Kingdomp. 228
Notesp. 256
Pre-1800 Sourcesp. 306
Works Post 1800p. 313
Indexp. 341
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