An Archaeology of Identity: Soldiers and Society in Late by Andrew Gardner

By Andrew Gardner

What occurred to Roman squaddies in Britain through the decline of the empire within the 4th and fifth centuries? Did they withdraw, illness, or pass local? greater than a question of army historical past, this is often the start line for Andrew Gardner’s incisive exploration of social id in Roman Britain, within the Roman Empire, and in historical society. Drawing at the sociological theories of Anthony Giddens and others, Gardner shapes an technique that specializes in the crucial function of perform within the production and upkeep of identities—nationalist, gendered, category, and ethnic. This thought is then validated opposed to the cloth is still of Roman infantrymen in Britain to teach how patterning of stratigraphy, structure, and artifacts helps his theoretical build. the result's a retelling of the tale of overdue Roman Britain sharply at odds with the conventional text-driven histories and a conception of human motion that gives a lot to present debates around the social sciences.

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