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- Publisher: Cornell University Press
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 154mm x 226mm x 22mm | 481g
- Publication date: 2 April 1998
- Publication City/Country: Ithaca
- ISBN 10: 0801485304
- ISBN 13: 9780801485305
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: 13
- Sales rank: 1,195,134
Among the provinces long occupied by Rome, Britain retained the slightest imprint of the invading civilization. To explain why this was true, Jones offers an analysis of the economic, social, military and environmental problems that contributed to the failure of the Romans. Drawing on literary sources and archaeological evidence, he disputes the theory that the Anglo-Saxon invasions were the determining agent in the failure of Romanitas.
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"Jones contends that . . . persistent local rebellions, disease, and climatic deterioration, as well as invasion, led to the end of Roman Britain. Except for a villain named Paul the Chain, whose depiction by Jones is a tiny biographical gem, most civil and military officials were colorless, and no religious leader emerged as a charismatic saint. In essence, the Britons ultimately rejected Roman civilization; they were not deprived of it. Jones's exploration is bound to be controversial, but his work is engaging, enjoyable, perceptive, and persuasive." Choice"
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Britain was never as thoroughly conquered as traditional historians would have us believe, according to Michael E. Jones. Among the provinces long occupied by Rome, Britain retained the slightest imprint of the invading civilization. To explain why this was true, Jones offers a lucid and thorough analysis of the economic, social, military, and environmental problems that contributed to the failure of the Romans. Drawing on literary sources and on recent archaeological evidence, Jones disputes the theory that the Anglo-Saxon invasions were the determining agent in the failure of Romanitas. He argues instead that the success of the new warriors was a symptom of the inherent weakness of Romano-British society. Problems late in the era may have been worsened significantly by changes in the natural environment, such as climatic deterioration associated with harvest failure, famine, and changes in migration patterns.