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The Fall of the West: The Death of the Roman Superpower (original 2009; udgave 2010)

af Adrian Goldsworthy

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The author discusses how the Roman Empire--an empire without a serious rival--rotted from within, its rulers and institutions putting short-term ambition and personal survival over the wider good of the state.
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Titel:The Fall of the West: The Death of the Roman Superpower
Forfattere:Adrian Goldsworthy
Info:Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (2010), Paperback, 544 pages
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How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower af Adrian Goldsworthy (2009)

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    The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians af Peter Heather (HarmlessTed)
    HarmlessTed: Where Heather emphasizes the pressure barbarians exercised on the borders of the Roman empire, Goldsworthy`s focus is on internal Roman conflicts, as long-time consequences of the regime-change from republic to principate.
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I'd been looking forward to reading this for years. He starts by comparing Rome to the US a few times, then saying that he's not going to compare Rome to the US in this book. Then chapter one makes the comparison another couple times. Not what I wanted to read...
  revatait | Feb 21, 2021 |
Everyone's heard all the wacky theories of why Rome fell, with the lead pipes leading the pack. This book starts off really boring with the slow and seemingly inconsequential succession of rulers but slowly builds into a reasonable explanation of the slow decline and disintegration of the Roman Empire. ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Dec 23, 2020 |
This is the third try I've had at this big question. Gibbon was, of course the first. Goldsworthy wants to understand the past in its own context and wants to downplay the "Lessons for modern America" approach. I'm in favour of this for as Adrian points out "Historians do not make the best prophets. Still, the lessons of the big collapse should be laid out for the present student. A fact that Goldsworthy wants us desperately to remember when consulting the records left by the Romans is that they did not know they were "Falling". It always seemed to them, that though the times were a bad patch, the empire had come through before, and odds were good it would again. Goldsworthy works on defining the long view, that serious flaws in the Roman method accumulated to the breaking point in the mid-four fifties. This is definitely a book to at least read along with Gibbon, and Peter Heather on the classical apocalypse! ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 28, 2017 |
Excellent. Goldsworthy states that he is not an expert in this period, which actually makes the book better for the general reader as he examines a variety of perspectives on various controversies rather than presenting the reader with a neat analysis. I am working my way through Gibbon and found this to be the most helpful overview so far of the period and the debates surrounding it. Very readable for a non-specialist. It does focus mainly on politics and military issues. If you want something about the life and times of the ordinary person, there is not much here. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
This book is both well-written and informative. The author provides a good narrative of the period from the golden age to the last years of the roman empire. He also does a good job of incorporating his thesis into the narrative to explain the age-old question of why and how the decline happened. ( )
  zen_923 | Dec 20, 2013 |
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This is not a book that I could use in the classroom--too thick, too well-written, and perhaps most dangerously, too clear. Portraying history in such simplistic terms, however, fails to explain that governing the Late Roman Empire was a complex business. But since this is not what Goldsworthy set out to do, such criticism is unfair. By design, this is the sort of book that politicians, school teachers, and my colleagues in the Department of Physics will read, sucked in by the blurb on the dust jacket.
 
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