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The early Germans
Todd, Malcolm, FSA.
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Publication Information:
Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell Publishers, [1995]

Physical Description:
xi, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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Central Library DD75 .T62 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Todd's book delivers on its claim to be an overview of what is currently known about the early Germanic tribes and their impact on the declining classical civilizations during the early centuries CE. Part 1 describes the land, the language, the social customs and organizations, the political institutions, and the art and culture of the Germans before and while they were coming into contact with the Roman Empire. Part 2 deals with specific German tribes, their migrations, and the rise of the early Germanic states after the Fall of Rome. In addition to the traditional classical literary sources, Todd incorporates knowledge derived from the latest archaeological excavations. Although the four-page bibliography is rather brief and tends to focus on European studies to the neglect of recent work done in North America, the book is a good, up-to-date overview of the Germanic impact on Western civilization for both the serious historian and the general reader. The maps and art illustrations are very helpful. An intriguing and informative final chapter, a type of bibiographic essay, carries the Germanic mystique all the way to Hitler and the Nazi belief in Aryan supremacy. G. G. Guzman; Bradley University

Table of Contents

Part I Germania
1 Land and People
2 The Social Fabric
3 The Germans and the Advance of Rome
4 The Living and the Dead
5 Trade and Diplomacy
6 Cult, Art and Technology
Part II Germanic Europe: Frontier Societies
7 The Gothic Kingdoms
8 The Suebi and Vandals
9 Franks, Alamanni and Burgundians
10 The Northern Peoples
11 The Gepids and Lombards
12 The Thuringians and Bavarians

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