Empires and Barbarians: Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe

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Pan Macmillan, Dec 17, 2010 - History - 752 pages
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At the start of the first millennium AD, southern and western Europe formed part of the Mediterranean-based Roman Empire, the largest state western Eurasia has ever known, and was set firmly on a trajectory towards towns, writing, mosaics, and central heating. Central, northern and eastern Europe was home to subsistence farmers, living in wooden houses with mud floors, whose largest political units weighed in at no more than a few thousand people. By the year 1000, Mediterranean domination of the European landscape had been destroyed. Instead of one huge Empire facing loosely organised subsistence farmers, Europe – from the Atlantic almost to the Urals – was home to an interacting commonwealth of Christian states, many of which are still with us today . This book tells the story of the transformations which changed western Eurasia forever: of the birth of Europe itself.

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Review: Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe

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Heather is one of those scientists (or historians) who discovered "The Truth" (or think they did) and then apply conclusions over broad area. Heather's "The Truth" is this: after Rome halted it's ... Read full review

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As time passes, more research is done, more artifacts and items are discovered, and more is known about the beginning of the Middle Ages, often know as the so-called “Dark Ages.” The simple ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Peter Heather is currently a Fellow of Medieval History at Worcester College, Oxford, having previously taught at University College, London and Yale University. He is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling Fall of the Roman Empire also published by Pan Macmillan.

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