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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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May 23, Mark rated it it was dome. I have covered this period Rome in other books so a lot of what was said rang true to me.

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

Wickham begins with an overview of the Roman Empire just before its decline, characterizing the Empire at its height and emphasizing that its failure was gradual and almost imperceptible during the lifetimes of its citizens. Wickham is undoubtedly right to point out these problems. The Rus I would have liked to learn a lot more about as the Moravians. This is a fantastic book.

I felt myself begging him to do it just to gain escape from the Bishop of this place or another and his mundane two paragraph part in the book.

Both Byzantium and Arab Caliphate kept these two aspects quite separate from each other. It’s a really deep dive in the history of the period which is well known as Dark ages. In the late chapters, Wickham argues that the strengthening of political control in the Carolingian empire forced communities on its border to centralize power, and those in turn caused a further ripple that eventually stretched to the northern and eastern corners of Europe.

Generally, this work has already a great scope and, considering it was written by a single man with a limited expertise regional rather than continental, which would be practically impossible due to the impossibility of someone having a very deep knowledge of such vas a subject as late antique and early medieval Europeit’s a work of tremendous overall erudition and a monument of knowledge, that gives to the reader a very different picture from that promoted by popular culture.


I applaud Wickham’s stunning scholarship, but hope that he grabs a smaller slice in a follow-up and does a deep dive to bring that slice to life. This may have expanded from the original plans. Aug 08, Liviu rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

CE is one of th Wickham is a very active historian specializing in the post-Roman world up to about CE 1, The Germans invaders did not simply sweep away Roman institutions and customs, but were rather, eager to adopt Romans ways. Schoolchildren today know far less about the Romans and their successors than they used to, yet the empire still casts a long shadow.

The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, by Chris Wickham

The reason not being the author’s incompetence or unknowledgeability, but the infusion of over-detailed anecdotes that become such a nuisance to time-treasuring readers — of course I would appreciate being presented with chrks background stories about individuals who more or less related to the unfathomable theme of Wickham’s historiographical Odessy, if I have the time to rest soothingly on my armchair and drink a cup of black tea in my sanctum surrounded by books and manuscripts from centuries ago.

The Inheritance of Rome: I have no doubt this is thoroughly researched and minutely considered. Other editions – View all The Inheritance of Rome: It is supposedly written for a broad audience but one needs some knowledge of the period.

Any attempt to obtain an objective inhegitance of the European continent over so many centuries results in a scope so wide that all one can see is blurred masses, not people. Book 2 in a series of at least 8. Thereafter, military and governing power devolved onto vhris accomodated barbarian inherigance like the Visigoths.

I am really enjoying this book. The most striking difference is how much time he spends on peasants, slaves, “unfree workers,” and other regular people, as opposed to most histories, which for the most part only wicham political, military, and religious leaders, and the occasional scholar or artist. CE is one of those dates that we all know. Inheritance of Rome discusses Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, inhsritance with the “fall” of the Roman Empire in the West and transformation into the Byzantine Empire in the East and continuing through the series of political and economic shifts that took place around the beginning of the eleventh century.


That’s not a knock on the scholarship. Patronage and corruption were certainly alive and well in the Empire, with every citizen embedded in a hierarchical network of patron-client relationships of power and influence — but those relationships supported imperial coherence because the means of increasing personal wealth relied on the redistribution of wealth through the tax system.

Too many names I’m not familiar with. See all 75 wic,ham. In summary we are told There’s more information about the Byzantine Empire than many other general surveys of medieval history.

The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from to – Chris Wickham – Google Books

This comes off as more a desire to say that the truth is in the middle than an actually tenable historiographical argument. Last but not least, most importantly, this book as an instrument meant to educate readers with late antiquity and early Middle Ages, did not achieve its goals, at least in my personal inheritancr. Ships from and sold by Amazon. A excellent account of the Dark Ages, throughwith a special focus chgis how patterns of political and economic organization changed over that time in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and in the I hope that a Penguin History of Europe written by a great scholar the author is clearly one should try to rime the typical bias of writing mainly about western Europe often accompanied by teleological history.

Oct 11, Gary rated it it was amazing.