Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Difference and accommodation in Visigothic Gaul and Spain
by Schamp, Craig H., M.A., San Jose State University, 2010, 114; 1477362
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines primary sources in fifth- and sixth-century Gaul and Spain and finds a surprising lack of concern for ethnicity. Authors in the fifth century expressed concern for the sanctity and safety of the church, their patria, and themselves, but seldom mention any issues that could be related to ethnicity. Even the Arian Christianity of the Goths seems to be of little or no concern. This changes in the middle of the sixth century, when Arian Christianity becomes an overarching issue in Visigothic history. The sources portray nearly every political concern in the second half of the sixth century as one of Arian versus Catholic. Contrary to the idea of a Spain in which Roman-Gothic relations were very important, no other mention of ethnic differentiation appears in the sources even at this time.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bernhardt, John W.
Commitee: Roth, Jonathan P., Stork, Nancy P.
School: San Jose State University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ancient history, Medieval history
Keywords: Gaul, Late antiquity, Medieval, Roman, Spain, Visigoths
Publication Number: 1477362
ISBN: 978-1-124-04487-3
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