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The Huns

E. A. Thompson

ISBN: 978-0-631-21443-4 March 1999 Wiley-Blackwell 340 Pages


This is a history of the Huns in Europe from their first attacks on the Goths north of the Black Sea to the collapse of their central European empire after the death of the legendary Attila. In the only connected narrative account of the rise and fall of the Huns in English, Professor Thompson reconstructs their campaigns in detail from disparate and often fragmentary sources. In the process, there emerges a clear picture of their dramatic successes, and failures, against the non-Roman peoples of central and eastern Europe, and of their many invasions of the eastern and western halves of the Roman Empire.

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1. Sources.

2. The History of the Huns Before Attila.

3. Hun Society Before Attila.

4. The Victories of Attila.

5. Peace on the Danube Frontier.

6. The Defeats of Attila.

7. Hun Society Under Attila.

8. Roman Foreign Policy and the Huns.

9. Conclusion.


A: The Songs of the Huns.

B: The Causes of the War of 441.

C: Valips.

D: The Campaign of 441-3.

E: Chronological Note on the Years 449-50.

F: The Site of Attila's Headquarters.

G: The Alleged Gothic Names of the Huns.

Afterword by Peter Heather.

Further Reading.


  • The best account of the people who delivered the final blow to the East Roman Empire
  • Vivid retelling of the rise of Attila.