The Vandals

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 23, 2009 - History - 368 pages
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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. 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.

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Review: The Vandals (The Peoples of Europe)

User Review  - Samuel Valentino - Goodreads

I found this after reading Jacobsen's A History of the Vandals, which was a good order to read these two books. This book gave a lot of background/cultural information - there was some chronological ... Read full review


1 The Vandals in History
2 From the Danube to Africa
3 Ruling the Vandal Kingdom AD 435534
4 Identity and Ethnicity in the Vandal Kingdom
5 The Vandal Kingdom and the Wider World AD 439534
6 The Economy of Vandal Africa
7 Religion and the Vandal Kingdom
8 Cultural Life Under the Vandals
9 Justinian and the End of the Vandal Kingdom
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About the author (2009)

Andy Merrills is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester. He is author of History and Geography in Late Antiquity (2005) and editor of Vandals, Romans and Berbers: New Perspectives on Late Antique North Africa (2004).

Richard Miles teaches ancient history at the University of Sydney. As well as having directed archaeological excavations in Carthage, he has written widely on ancient North Africa including Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Superpower (2010).

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