William Morris portrayed them as wonderful examples of folk-solidarity against the corruption and imperialism of Rome.
The book provides an overview of the people and events, and includes some genealogy charts, an extensive set of notes, a bibliography and an index.
Wolfram seems fearful of drawing conclusions in this book, as if hypothesis or informed opinion might make him seem an irresponsible historian.
Herwig Wolfram's History of the Goths is very worth reading due to the fact that there is so much information in it. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by C. Holme
For people studying European history, this is a good overview of the Goths, with particular emphasis on their expansion into Europe in the 5th and 6th centuries. Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Fred Camfield
Translated from the German, and in some ways almost a stereotype of German scholarship: big, heavy, dense (c. Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Caleb Hanson
I really have to wonder if previous reviewers have actually read this.
Wolfram does not base his argument on linguistics (though his are fine - I checked) or on... Read more
In the first chapter Wolfram/Dunlap concentrate on the Gothic name which was first mentioned between 16 &18 A.D. Read morePublished on July 12, 2006 by Joseph E. Toth
When I first started to read this book I was sure I would not get beyond a few pages as it was extremely difficult reading. Read morePublished on March 4, 2005 by Thomas S. Wooten
What makes this book such tough sledding for the amateur historian? Is it because the book was translated from German to English? Read morePublished on December 10, 2004 by Coleman A. Kavanagh
This is by far the worst book on the Goths I have found to date. While I will happily grant that this is a difficult subject about which to write, given the dearth of written... Read morePublished on July 18, 2002 by E. Filson