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This is an excellent overview of the various barbarian peoples that swarmed over Europe as the Roman Empire waned. Want to know who were the Visigoths, the Ostrogoths, the Vandals, the Franks and the Lombards? Eastern Germanic vs Western Germanic tribes? What were the legacies and impact of these groups? This book covers all that and more.
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This was a very enjoyable book. I felt like I now have a much clearer idea of who the Barbarian tribes were, where they came from, and what prompted them to migrate into and take over many of the former areas of the Roman empire. The author does a great job looking at this process from beginning to end and highlighting important groups and events along the way. Some points of note, a few people groups and events that are not described in great detail are the peoples of the Celts, the peoples of the Slavs and their migrations, and the barbarian invasions/migrations to the British Isles. Overall and excellent read and I would highly recommend it if you are interested in the topic.
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As the previous reviewer has mentioned, it's a little dry. But it is packed with information and broken up into nice-sized chapters of 20 minutes or so each.
I have a limited passing interest in the subject, and found it an interesting listen. But it's clear from parts of the book that it was written soon after WW2, making me wonder if some of the theories presented have in fact been replaced thanks to modern research into the period.
Pretty dry stuff delivered by a supercilious academic. OK if you are studying a masters in the subject.
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