The barbarian invasions

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U of Nebraska Press, 1990 - History - 487 pages
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Moral decadence did not contribute to the fall of the Roman Empire, but political instability that was most strongly reflected in a weakened army did, writes Hans Delbr_ck in volume 2 of History of the Art of War. The rise of sectionalism and the constant overthrowing of emperors left the empire without a secure superior authority demanding the loyalty of the legions and without the money to support them. Delbr_ck?s celebrated work traces the collapse of the Roman military system and its replacement with barbarian mercenaries by the fourth century, following the invasions by the Germanic peoples.

The Barbarian Invasions opens with a discussion of the military organization of the early German tribes, compares it with that of the early Roman legions, and goes on to show how tactics and strategies changed after entire peoples such as the Goths, Vandals, and Burgundians migrated to Roman soil and formed an uneasy alliance with the Romans. It ends with an examination of the decline of the Germanic-Romanic military system in the Middle Ages and the rise of the feudal system.

This Bison Book edition marks the first appearance in paperback of the English translation of volume 2 by Walter J. Renfroe Jr.

 

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Contents

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9
The Early Germanic Nation
15
Volume III English
23
Germanic Warriorhood
39
BOOK III
50
The Subjugation of Germany by the Romans
57
The Battle in the Teutoburger Forest
69
Geschichte der Kriegskunst im Rahmen
89
The Battle of Adrianople
269
Army Strengths
285
The Settling of the Germans Among the Romans
317
Justinians Military Organization
339
The Battle of Taginae
351
The Battle of Mount Vesuvius
363
The Military Organization in
387
Changes in Tactics
407

Climax and End of the War
111
Romans and Germans in Stalemate
149
Internal Organization and Life in
161
Theory
201
Roman Military System
207
BOOK II
243
The Battle of Strasbourg
261
The Decline of the Original
417
The Origin of the Feudal System
427
Battle of Adrianople
461
Laws of Wamba and Erwig
469
Index
475
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