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By Andrew Merrills, Richard Miles

The Vandals is the 1st e-book to be had within the English Language devoted to exploring the surprising upward thrust and dramatic fall of this complicated North African state. this entire background presents an entire account of the Vandals and re-evaluates key points of the society including:Political and fiscal constructions  akin to the complicated international coverage which mixed diplomatic alliances and marriages with brutal raidingThe awesome cultural improvement of secular studying, and the non secular struggles that threatened to rip the kingdom apartThe nature of Vandal id from a social and gender point of view.

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More striking still are the historical and archaeological surveys of the middle years of the century. The second quarter of the twentieth century was an unusually fertile one within French historical scholarship, and the history of North Africa was a particular beneficiary of this efflorescence. -A. Julien’s Histoire de l’Afrique du Nord (1931, rev. edn. 1951) all promised to set Roman North Africa within its historical context, and have proved enormously influential among later scholars, but again, all tended to peter out before the Vandals took occupation of Carthage.

Even Pannonians. For ‘Assur also is joined with them’. The once noble city of Moguntiacus [Mainz] has been captured and destroyed. In its church many thousands have been massacred. The Vangiones [inhabitants of Worms] after withstanding a long siege have been extirpated.

For scholars like Krantz or Nugent, the Vandals’ occupation of North Africa was a largely peripheral episode to a proud European history. These historians regarded the passing references in Pliny, Tacitus and Ptolemy as proof positive that the Vandals had originated in the German territories, and most probably in the lands around the mouth of the Vistula. This approach was based more on tradition and scholarly consensus than on anything else. By contrast, the history of the group within North Africa – the period of Vandal history for which we have by far the greatest body of evidence – was relatively neglected, and came to be represented by a small handful of illustrative episodes.

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