Chris Wickham’s acclaimed history shows how this period, encompassing peoples such as Goths, Franks, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs. Review: The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from to by Chris WickhamIan Mortimer finds a gallop from Rome to the. The Inheritance of Rome has ratings and reviews. Justin said: Just to be clear: Chris Wickham does not believe that he can explain anything. He.

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Why did the eastern Roman empire roome long after the western one collapsed? Byzantium a I am really enjoying this book. A excellent account of the Dark Ages, throughwith a special focus on how patterns of political and economic organization changed over that time in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and in the Share your thoughts with wickahm customers.

I also loved his ponderation of the “continuity vs. While finishing this book on the pages devoted to XI century the very first chapters telling about V-VI centuries seemed to me so far away as these centuries really are to us, contemporary readers.

Presumably because generalization has tthe, a spade tipped tail, and makes idle hands its plaything. Rather, many of the so-called Germanic tribes were confederations of individuals and groups from various backgrounds who spoke a variety of languages, roe just Germanic ones, and who united around charismatic leaders more so than cultural symbols. We are rarely given enough background to understand a royal decision; the result might be evidence of the way a particular society worked at a given time – but we are always told that, never shown it.

These long periods were very tempting to skip. I am really enjoying this book. Moreover, the Visigothic kingdom was also starting to disagregate by the late 7th century the duchies are one of the greatest signs oc thiswith royal authority not being respected in practice in several regions, namely on the northern mountains. The Inheritance of Rome does a fantastic job of explaining this in comprehensive detail with viewpoints from all of Inhritance Europe, including the Near East with the Byzantine Empire.

Return to Book Page. The question is not whether scholarship at this level has a place; it is rather whether a series such as The Penguin History of Europe should confine itself to academic questions and display scant regard for literary technique or addressing the key questions which people have ghe the past.


Start reading The Inheritance of Rome on your Kindle in under a minute. Hardcoverpages. For more reviews, check out the BookBanter site. View all 5 comments. But if this is also a landmark book, it will only be seen as such by those looking out of the top windows of ivory towers. For every assertion, Wickham offers detailed examples; when I stopped worrying about retaining those, the larger picture came rapidly into view.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. After this romanticizing folly, you’ll be surprised to find that the final chapter is called ‘Trends in European History.

But our author is surely aware that these are not the only two ways to write history see Maccullough, Diarmid; Judt, Tony et al Learn more about Amazon Prime. View all 3 comments. Lists with This Book.

The Inheritance of Rome

What held the Empire together was a civil administration devoted to tax which paid both the military knheritance government officials.

Book 2 in a series of at least 8. So goes the popular understanding of Roman contact with the peoples of Germania.

Penguin editions use the cheaper newspaper type paper for their paperbacks. I also genuinely appreciate. When we fret about barbarians at the gates, or argue about the hubris of the Pax Americana, we are following in the footsteps not only of Gibbon, but of the historical characters who inhabited his work: There’s more information about wickhwm Byzantine Empire than many other general surveys of medieval history. If you like the ‘kings and battles’ approach, however, it probably hasn’t been done better in contemporary history-writing than this.

May 11, Lior Lichai rated it really liked it Shelves: May 23, Mark rated it it was amazing. Jan 18, Pam Doyle rated it really liked it Shelves: Interessante il passaggio dalle strutture romane a quelle successive, molto lento, molti dettagli di storie particolari per far rivivere il periodo.

The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000

This is because he disdains moralism in history you know, the kind of thing where someone gets all huffy inheritajce King Wumba raped his mistress in 6th century Visigothic Spain.

Whilst some of that was at least partially the fault of my daily life becoming increasingly demanding and therefore not yielding up half as much reading time as I’d had before, it’s also due to the staggering amount of information imparted. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The writing is bloodless, unable to spark the imagination, which is unfortunate for such a mysterious and romantic period of history.


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He has become the spokesman for the new unifying view. This particular volume is part of new European History wickhan by Penguin Press.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Highly recommended as counterpart to both sensationalist account of the “fall of Rome” and the “darkness that came” on one hand, and “what fall, nothing really changed that much” on the other, as well as treating the subject without the benefit of hindsight and what came later, but in its own terms Sorry for too many associations in this review but again this book sometimes falls into sort of Biblical chain of who born whom and how they all fought for a kingdom or an empire or a caliphate.

Wickham depicted himself as a firm opponent of moralism, which is totally fine to me as I personally detest moralist nutters who can’t live a day without uttering empty moral judgments; the problem with the book is that while asserting his stance, Wickham seemed to approach the other extreme by completely rejecting any comparisons or generalizations.

Illuminating widkham Dark Ages” is a very good and witty survey of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages that shatters many kinds of misconceptions on the period, even if I think it’s at some points overrated.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A historian friend of mine tells me these are the conventional pieties of professional historiography, and that I should just ignore them.

chrid Ironically, if Wickham had developed a new “grand narrative” of his own, public interest in this book would have been greater. The book contains maps at critical dates, a page by page reference at the back contains all sources as well as an index.

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