IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 111: Was the End of the Roman Empire a Clash of Cultures?, I

Monday 12 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:History Compass
Organiser:Guy Halsall, Department of History, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 111-aIdentities, Conflict and Change in the 5th-Century West
(Language: English)
Guy Halsall, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 111-bThe Fury of Strangers: Late Roman Culture and its Barbarians
(Language: English)
Walter Pohl, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 111-cClash of Cultures - Cultures of Clash: Grand Narratives in History and Historiography
(Language: English)
Christina Lutter, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien

This session and its companion seek to explore the conflicts and clashes that surrounded the end of the western Roman empire. Recent historiography has tended to emphasise a long-term framework – a ‘transformation of the Roman world’ but it cannot be doubted that western Europe at the end of the 5th century was a very different place from that of c. 400. The collapse of the western Empire brought with it much trauma and conflict as identities and cultures were changed. However, did this represent a ‘clash of cultures’ or was it rather the employment of various options within a culture to negotiate these political changes?