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Heather, P. J. (Peter J.)

Works: 42 works in 215 publications in 4 languages and 7,407 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography 
Roles: Interviewee, Editor, Other, Writer of accompanying material, Author of introduction
Classifications: D137, 937.09
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Publications about P. J Heather
Publications by P. J Heather
Most widely held works by P. J Heather
The fall of the Roman Empire : a new history of Rome and the Barbarians by P. J Heather( Book )
22 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,940 libraries worldwide
"The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Rome generated its own nemesis. Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors it called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling the Empire that had dominated their lives for so long." "In The Fall of the Roman Empire, he explores the extraordinary success story that was the Roman Empire and uses a new understanding of its continued strength and enduring limitations to show how Europe's barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome on every possible level, eventually pulled it apart."
The Goths by P. J Heather( Book )
25 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 1,097 libraries worldwide
Empires and barbarians : the fall of Rome and the birth of Europe by P. J Heather( Book )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 790 libraries worldwide
"Here is a fresh, provocative look at how a recognizable Europe came into being in the first millennium AD. With sharp analytic insight, Peter Heather explores the dynamics of migration and social and economic interaction that changed two vastly different worlds--the undeveloped barbarian world and the sophisticated Roman Empire--into remarkably similar societies and states. The book's vivid narrative begins at the time of Christ, when the Mediterranean circle, newly united under the Romans, hosted a politically sophisticated, economically advanced, and culturally developed civilization--one with philosophy, banking, professional armies, literature, stunning architecture, even garbage collection. The rest of Europe, meanwhile, was home to subsistence farmers living in small groups, dominated largely by Germanic speakers. Although having some iron tools and weapons, these mostly illiterate peoples worked mainly in wood and never built in stone. The farther east one went, the simpler it became: fewer iron tools and ever less productive economies. And yet ten centuries later, from the Atlantic to the Urals, the European world had turned. Slavic speakers had largely superseded Germanic speakers in central and Eastern Europe, literacy was growing, Christianity had spread, and most fundamentally, Mediterranean supremacy was broken. The emergence of larger and stronger states in the north and east had, by the year 1000, brought patterns of human organization into much greater homogeneity across the continent. Barbarian Europe was barbarian no longer. Bringing the whole of first millennium European history together for the first time, and challenging current arguments that migration played but a tiny role in this unfolding narrative, Empires and Barbarians views the destruction of the ancient world order in the light of modern migration and globalization patterns. The result is a compelling, nuanced, and integrated view of how the foundations of modern Europe were laid"--Provided by publisher
Goths and Romans, 332-489 by P. J Heather( Book )
18 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 629 libraries worldwide
This book examines the collision of Goths and Romans in the fourth and fifth centuries. In these years Gothic tribes played a major role in the destruction of the western half of the Roman Empire, moving the length of Europe from what is now the USSR to establish successor states to the Roman Empire in southern France and Spain (the Visigoths) and in Italy (the Ostrogoths). Our understanding of the Goths in this "Migration Period" has been based upon the Gothic historian Jordanes, whose mid-sixth-century Getica suggests that the Visigoths and Ostrogoths entered the Empire already established as coherent groups and simply conquered new territories. Using more contemporary sources, Peter Heather is able to show that, on the contrary, Visigoths and Ostrogoths were new and unprecedentedly large social groupings, and that many Gothic societies failed even to survive the upheavals of the Migration Period. Dr Heather's scholarly study explores the complicated interactions with Roman power which both prompted the creation of the Visigoths and Ostrogoths around newly emergent dynasties and helped bring about the fall of the Roman Empire
The Huns by E. A Thompson( Book )
16 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 613 libraries worldwide
Presents a history of the Huns in Europe, from their first attacks on the Goths north of the Black Sea to the collapse of their central European empire after the death of the legendary Attila
Politics, philosophy, and empire in the fourth century : select orations of Themistius by Themistius( Book )
9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 406 libraries worldwide
Around the year 350, a young orator and philosopher called Themistius delivered a speech to the Emperor Constantius II in Ancyra (modern Ankara). Themistius found great favour with the Emperor, who catapulted him into the Constantinople Senate in 355. He was similarly favoured by subsequent emperors Jovian (36364), Valens (36478) and Theodosius (37995). This volume presents translations of a selection of the speeches of Themistius, grouped into chapters that deal either with a key period in the evolution of his career or with a sequence of events of particular historical significance
The Goths in the fourth century by P. J Heather( Book )
15 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 403 libraries worldwide
Osteuropa/Balkan - Donauraum - Epigraphik - Altertumswissenschaften - Bein - Keramik/Ton
Empires and barbarians by P. J Heather( Book )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 266 libraries worldwide
At the start of the first millennium AD, southern and western Europe formed part of the Mediterranean-based Roman Empire, the largest state western Eurasia has ever known. This book tells the story of the transformations which changed western Eurasia forever: of the birth of Europe itself
The visigoths from the migration period to the seventh century : an ethnographic perspective by Conference on studies in historical archaeoethnology( Book )
9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 266 libraries worldwide
"Between 376 and 476 the Roman Empire in western Europe was dismantled by aggressive outsiders, 'barbarians' as the Romans labelled them. Chief among these were the Visigoths. The Visigoths were actually a new force constructed out of a number of previously separate Gothic and other groups in the period c. 376-410, who were initially settled by the Roman state as autonomous subordinates in a corner of south-western France in 418." "The studies comprising this volume cover most of the important questions thrown up by the history of the Visigoths and of the kingdom they generated. Between them, these different studies also adopt a wide variety of approaches, encompassing and discussing most of the major types of source material - both literary and archaeological - currently available for reconstructing Visigothic history."--BOOK JACKET
The rise and fall of the classical world : 2500 B.C. - 600 A.D. ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 206 libraries worldwide
I, Caesar the rise and fall of the Roman Empire ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 205 libraries worldwide
The public and private lives of six key men who ruled the Roman Empire: Julius Caesar; Augustus; Nero; Hadrian; Constantine; and Justinian. Includes unequaled location footage; unseen images; and careful re-enactments bringing the series to life
The fall of the Roman Empire by P. J Heather( Book )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 153 libraries worldwide
Peter Heather presents a history of one of the greatest and most epic mysteries - the strange death of the Roman Empire
The restoration of Rome : Barbarian Popes and imperial pretenders by P. J Heather( Book )
7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 115 libraries worldwide
"In 476 AD, the last of Rome's emperors, known as "Augustulus" was deposed by a barbarian general, the son of one of Attila the Hun's henchmen. With the imperial vestments dispatched to Constantinople, the curtain fell on the Roman empire in Western Europe, its territories divided among successor kingdoms constructed around barbarian military manpower. But, if the Roman Empire was dead, Romans across the old empire still lived, holding on to their lands, the values of their civilization, and their institutions. The conquering barbarians, witnessing the continuing psychological dominance of Rome, were ready to reignite the imperial flame and enjoy the benefits of its civilization. As Peter Heather shows in dazzling biographical portraits, each of the three greatest contenders--Theoderic, Justinian, and Charlemagne--operated with a different power base but was astonishingly successful in his own way. Though each in turn managed to put back together enough of the old Roman West to stake a plausible claim to the Western imperial title, none of their empires long outlived their founders' deaths. Not until the reinvention of the papacy in the eleventh century would Europe's barbarians find the means to establish a new Roman Empire, one that has lasted a thousand years"--
Der Untergang des Römischen Weltreichs by P. J Heather( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in German and English and held by 98 libraries worldwide
Invasion der Barbaren die Entstehung Europas im ersten Jahrtausend nach Christus by P. J Heather( Book )
3 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 68 libraries worldwide
La Caída del Imperio romano by P. J Heather( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 26 libraries worldwide
La caduta dell'Impero romano : una nuova storia by P. J Heather( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in Italian and held by 19 libraries worldwide
The barbarian invasions of the Roman Empire by Thomas Hodgkin( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Emperadores y bárbaros : el primer milenio de la historia de Europa by P. J Heather( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in Spanish and held by 12 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Heather, P. 1960-
Heather, P.J.
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Heather, Per 1960-
Heather, Per J. 1960-
Heather, Per John, 1960-
Heather, Peter.
Heather, Peter 1960-
Heather, Peter J.
English (157)
German (10)
Spanish (9)
Italian (6)
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