The Ruin of the Roman Empire

The Ruin of the Roman Empire

Book - 2009
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An intricate analysis of the fall of the Roman empire evaluates the sixth-century events and circumstances that were key factors, challenging popular beliefs about "barbarian" activities while seeking to place responsibility on the hapless ways in which Rome's last emperors endeavored to restore and preserve their civilization.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2009
Edition: 1st Ecco pbk
ISBN: 9780060787417
Branch Call Number: 937.06 Od54r 2009
Characteristics: x, 436 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm


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May 16, 2011

What a neat idea! O'Donnell takes the old hoary legend of the Roman Empire being torn apart by invasions, one after another, and nuances it.
What if the breakdown was within the Empire itself? What if some of the very agents staving off that breakdown were so-called barbarians, simply because they had too much invested.
What an interesting take on long picked over ground.
I found the first chapter a bit Faulknerian for my taste. Happily, I finally skipped over it and went on to learn precisely why Madeline Allbright liked this history so much. I enjoyed this book.


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