Barbarians, Historians, and the Construction of National Identities

  title={Barbarians, Historians, and the Construction of National Identities},
  author={Ian C. Wood},
  journal={Journal of Late Antiquity},
  pages={61 - 81}
  • Ian C. Wood
  • Published 2008
  • History
  • Journal of Late Antiquity
This article looks at the changing discourse in the historiography of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, and the way in which that discourse is influenced by and influences attitudes toward the nation. Although the arrival of Germanic peoples had been an issue before the early eighteenth century, in the last century of the Ancien Regime the history of the Franks suddenly became a matter of major debate because it was seen as being relevant to the position of the aristocracy. This… Expand