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    DescriptionThe Fall of the Roman Empire has been a best-selling subject since the 18th century. Since then, over 200 very diverse reasons have been advocated for the collapse of the western half of the Roman Empire. Until very recently, the academic view embarrassedly downplayed the violence and destruction, in an attempt to provide a more urbane account of late antiquity: barbarian invasions were mistakenly described as the movement of peoples. It was all painfully tame and civilised. But now Adrian Goldsworthy comes forward with his trademark combination of clear narrative, common sense, and a thorough mastery of the sources. In telling the story from start to finish, he rescues the era from the diffident and mealy-mouthed: this is a red-blooded account of aggressive barbarian attacks, palace coups, scheming courtiers and corrupt emperors who set the bar for excess. It is 'old fashioned history' in the best sense: an accessible narrative with colourful characters whose story reveals the true reasons for the fall of Rome.


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    Title
    The Fall of the West
    Subtitle
    The Death of the Roman Superpower
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adrian Goldsworthy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 606 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753826928
    ISBN 10: 0753826925
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, HIS002020
    DC22: 937.09
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAR
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    04 February 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His books include THE PUNIC WARS, and the volume on Roman Warfare in John Keegan's Cassell History of Warfare series. He has lectured on Roman history in both the UK and USA.
    Review quote
    Goldsworthy describes this collapse with a strong, clear narrative, not forgetting that history is about stories, individual stories of horror and tragedy, while also describing the wider story. CATHOLIC HERALD