Publication – « Leadership, Social Cohesion, and Identity in Late Antique Spain and Gaul (500-700) », éd. Dolores Castro, Fernando Ruchesi

The replacement of the Roman Empire in the West with emerging kingdoms like Visigothic Spain and Merovingian Gaul resulted in new societies, but without major population displacement. Societies changed because identities shifted and new points of cohesion formed under different leaders and leadership structures. This volume examines two kingdoms in the post-Roman west to understand how this process took shape. Though exhibiting striking continuities with the Roman past, Gaul and Spain emerged as distinctive, but not isolated, political entities that forged different strategies and drew upon different resources to strengthen their unity, shape social ties, and consolidate their political status.

Table des matières :

Table of contents
Introduction (Dolores Castro and Fernando Ruchesi)
Building Leadership, Forging Cohesion. Bishops and Charity in Late Antiquity (Dolores Castro)
The Logic of Control: Postulating a Visigothic Ontology of Human Being (Michael J. Kelly)
Ritual Communities and Social Cohesion in Merovingian Gaul (Alexander O’Hara)
Constructing New Leaders: Bishops in Visigothic Hispania Tarraconensis (fifth to seventh centuries) (Meritxell Pérez Martínez)
Coexisting Leaderships in the Visigothic Cities: A ‘Coopetitive’ Model (Pablo Poveda Arias)
Leadership and Social Cohesion in Merovingian Gaul and Visigothic Spain. The Case of Military Groups (Fernando Ruchesi)
Between Rome and Toulouse. The Catholic Episcopate in the regnum Tolosanum (418-507) (Christian Stadermann) .

Informations pratiques :

Leadership, Social Cohesion, and Identity in Late Antique Spain and Gaul (500-700), éd. Dolores Castro, Fernando Ruchesi, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2023 ; 1 vol., 282 p. (Late Antique and Early Medieval Iberia). ISBN : 978-9-46372-595-8. Prix : € 117,00.

Source : Amsterdam University Press

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