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    DescriptionThe death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling an Empire that had dominated their lives for so long. A leading authority on the late Roman Empire and on the barbarians, Heather relates the extraordinary story of how Europe's barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome on every possible level, eventually pulled the empire apart. He shows first how the Huns overturned the existing strategic balance of power on Rome's European frontiers, to force the Goths and others to seek refuge inside the Empire. This prompted two generations of struggle, during which new barbarian coalitions, formed in response to Roman hostility, brought the Roman west to its knees. The Goths first destroyed a Roman army at the battle of Hadrianople in 378, and went on to sack Rome in 410. The Vandals spread devastation in Gaul and Spain, before conquering North Africa, the breadbasket of the Western Empire, in 439. We then meet Attila the Hun, whose reign of terror swept from Constantinople to Paris, but whose death in 453 ironically precipitated a final desperate phase of Roman collapse, culminating in the Vandals' defeat of the massive Byzantine Armada: the west's last chance for survival. Peter Heather convincingly argues that the Roman Empire was not on the brink of social or moral collapse. What brought it to an end were the barbarians.


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    Title
    The Fall of the Roman Empire
    Subtitle
    A New History of Rome and the Barbarians
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Heather
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 576
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 862 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195325416
    ISBN 10: 0195325419
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC21: 937.09
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    DC22: 937.09
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 937/.09
    LC classification: DG311 .H43 2007
    Thema V1.0: NHC
    Illustrations note
    8 halftones, 10 maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    06 November 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Peter Heather teaches at Worcester College, University of Oxford. A leading authority on the barbarians, he is the author of The Goths, Goths and Romans, and The Huns.
    Review quote
    Like a late Roman emperor, Heather is determined to impose order on a fabric that is always threatening to fragment and collapse into confusion; unlike most late Roman emperors, he succeeds triumphantly. The Times of London A rich and dramatic synthesis of the latest research on Gibbon's old story... The drama of Mr. Heather's book lies not just in the world-changing story he has to tell, but in his behind-the-scenes view of how historians work. Like a master detective, Mr. Heather employs the most various techniques everything from pollen sampling to archaeology to literary criticism Gibbon's 'awful revolution' the decline and fall of the Roman Empire in the West To a period that has often appeared as impenetrable as it is momentous, Peter Heather brings a rare combination of scholarship and flair for narrative. With this book, a powerful searchlight has been shone upon the shadow-dimmed end of Rome's western empire. Tom Holland, author of Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic Masterful, lucid... Always rewarding. ForeWord Magazine
    Table of contents
    INTRODUCTION ; PART I ; Chapter 1: Romans ; Chapter 2: Barbarians ; Chapter 3: The Limits of Empire ; PART II ; Chapter 4: War on the Danube ; Chapter 5: The City of God ; Chapter 6: Out of Africa ; Chapter 7: Attila the Hun ; Chapter 8: The Fall of the Hunnic Empire ; PART III ; Chapter 9: End of Empire ; Chapter 10: The Fall of Rome ; NOTES / BIBLIOGRAPHY ; DRAMATIS PERSONAE ; TIMELINE / GLOSSARY