Germanic Kingdoms - HISTORY 110 9/27 LECTURE NOTES GERMANIC...

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HISTORY 110 9/27 LECTURE NOTES GERMANIC KINGDOMS Map of Europe after 476 “The Conquerors” – how German are they? Ethnogenesis Roman Experience Barbarian kingdoms replaced the unity of the Western Roman Empire Huge migration of barbarians south into Roman lands How much damage did the barbarians do? o Literary sources say they destroyed a lot o Evidence says that they didn’t do that much damage as they settled Romans used to incorporation o Federati: people bound to the Empire by treaties, who got rights in exchange for military service Not a perfect solution – Visigoths rose up, killed emperor at the end of the 5 th century. Mercenaries paid with land in western provinces How German were the barbarians? o Theodoric juggled 2 identities: Roman and Gothic o Ethnogenesis – a development of common ethnicity out of separate, (very) different groups of people o During migration, barbarians formed their own confederations and created some new kind of cultural identity
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