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The Roman Empire Divided: 400 - 700 Paperback – May 28, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0582251113 ISBN-10: 0582251117 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (May 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582251117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582251113
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,129,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The decline and `fall of the Roman Empire' has transfixed us for centuries as one of the most significant events in western history.  `The Roman Empire Divided' shows how the power of the mighty empire was swept away and succeeded by states founded by Slavs, Arabs, Germanic people and others over most of its territory, and how the foundations of the later histories of western Europe, the Balkans the Middle East were laid. Panoramic and pathbreaking, this is the first book to cover the end of the Empire across the continent and beyond.  It places the changing map of Europe in the context of other developments of the period, including the increasing importance of religion in society, new kinds of social life and economic activity and crucially the ways in which people came to identify themselves ethnically.  It considers the extent to which political change reflected trends which had long been under way.  Most importantly, it shows how the civilization and unity of the ancient world gave way to smaller units which had little in common with each other. John Moorhead is McCaughey Professor of History at the University of Queensland.  He is the author of many books including `Justinian' (1994), `Ambrose' (1999) and `Persecution' (1992).

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John Moorhead is McCaughey Professor of History at the University of Queensland. He has published widely in the field of ancient and medieval history.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Held on January 27, 2007
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Definitely geared to the college textbook survey, Moorhead is a strict "gradualist", viz. he holds that the end of Antiquity was a gradual not necessarily a traumatic or violent process (witness the barbarians). See Peter Brown and Henri Pirenne for this concept. A caption to one of the illustrations tells it all: "A villa of the fourth century in a rural setting, depicted in a mosaic at Carthage. Its fortified appearance (it shows high walls around the villa) may have been a matter of style rather than necessity"; seems a bit disengenous, after all, who builds walls around their place just for style?

Overall, not bad: he takes account of some archaeological evidence, which is sorely needed in histories of this period and takes a region by region approach in his chapters. So they are named: "South of the Danube"; "The East to 661" ; "From Gaul to France", etc. The writing is not great and sentences like this can use some help: "Such events were a reminder that the surviving Empire hovered like a gigantic cloud to the east of the first post-Roman states around the western shores of the Mediterranean, and there were voices encouraging any imperial ambitions to recover lost ground." There are better books but the 2001 publishing date definitely takes account of later research. Worth a look.
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