Historiography and Identity II: Post-Roman Multiplicity and New Political Identities

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Gerda Heydemann

Explores the social function of historiography in the Justinianic age and the post-Roman kingdoms of the West.

The six-volume sub-series Historiography and Identity unites a wide variety of case studies from Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages, from the Latin West to the emerging polities in Northern and Eastern Europe, and also incorporates a Eurasian perspective which includes the Islamic World and China. The series aims to develop a critical methodology that harnesses the potential of identity studies to enhance our understanding of the construction and impact of historiography.

This second volume of the series studies the social function of historiography in the Justinianic age and the post-Roman kingdoms of the West. The papers explore how writers in Constantinople and in the various kingdoms from Italy to Britain adopted late antique historiographical traditions and adapted them in response to the new needs and challenges created by the transformation of the political and social order. What was the significance of their choices between different models (or their creation of new ones) for their ‘vision of community’? The volume provides a representative analysis of the historiographical resources of ethnic, political, and religious identifications created in the various Western kingdoms. In doing so, it seeks to understand the extant works as part of a once much wider and more polyphonic historiographical debate.

Table of Contents

  • Historiography and Identity in the Late Antique and Early Medieval West: An Introduction — Helmut Reimitz
  • Debating Ethnicity in Post-Roman Historiography — Walter Pohl
  • Clinging to Empire in Jordanes' Romana — Maya Maskarinec
  • From Scythian, to Getan, to Goth: The Getica of Jordanes and the Classical Ethnographic Tradition — Randolph Ford
  • Two Tales – Two Peoples? Goths and Romans in Jordanes’ Works — Philipp Dörler
  • Celtic Britain and Ireland: An Arena for Historical Debate — Thomas Charles-Edwards
  • Genre and Identity in Merovingian Historiography — Helmut Reimitz
  • The Appropriation of History: The Austrasians, Gregory of Tours, and Fredegar — Andreas Fischer
  • History-Writing and Education in Late Antique and Early Medieval Iberia — Jamie Wood and Victoria Leonard
  • The Ties that Bind: Diagnosing Social Crisis in Julian of Toledo’s Historia Wambae — Molly Lester
  • Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica and Anglian Northumbria — Ian Wood
  • Historical Writing in the Lombard Kingdom: from Secundus to Paul the Deacon — Walter Pohl