Borders, centres and peripheries in late Roman and Visigothic Iberia

Wood, Jamie (2015) Borders, centres and peripheries in late Roman and Visigothic Iberia. International Journal of Regional and Local History, 10 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2051-4530

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Abstract

This article surveys scholarship on the evolving provincial organization of the Iberian Peninsula in the late and immediately post-Roman periods (fourth to early eighth centuries CE), when the region moved gradually from the control of the Western Roman Empire to that of the kingdom of the Visigoths, a “barbarian” group who had gradually integrated themselves into the late Roman order in the fourth and fifth centuries. My analysis of this issue over a long time frame suggests that the internal divisions and external boundaries of the late antique Iberian Peninsula (Roman Hispania) were highly fluid and liable to change in response to economic, military, religious and, above all, political factors. The exact make up of Hispania in this period was largely dependent on an ongoing dialogue – sometimes peaceful, sometimes conflictual – between central sources of authority, whether imperial or royal, and more regionally-based powers.

Keywords:Medieval History, Ancient History, Spain, Medieval Iberia, Late Antiquity, bmjgoldcheck, NotOAChecked
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V224 Iberian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:09 Jun 2015 10:14

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