December 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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“…Andy Merrills and Richard Miles have done us a great service with this clear, erudite, and engaging study.” (Melbourne Historical Journal, 1 December 2012)
“This is the fresh historical overview of the Vandals and the Vandal state in Africa for which we have long been looking. Both the ethnic group and their historical role in Mediterranean history have been the subject of much recent revisionist work, all of it crying out for a new general summa. Merrills and Miles have provided it, and admirably so.”
Brent D. Shaw, Princeton University
“At the turn of the fifth century North Africa was a rebellious island of the Roman West, the scene of religious discontent and social unrest, both so troubling to the Roman throne. Into this mess burst the Vandals, who interrupted the ‘rhythm’ of Roman life for over a century. Merrills and Miles examine every aspect of this drama with infectious enthusiasm and great sympathy for the participants. This is an amazing book.”
Frank M. Clover, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"At last, a major reappraisal of the Vandals, combining the latest research and new critical judgements on the supposedly archetypal barbarian despoilers of Classical civilisation - this book is a superb addition to the Blackwell Peoples series."
David Mattingly, University of Leicester