- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New edition edition (August 17, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393003884
- ISBN-13: 978-0393003888
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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German and Roman legal systems had existed side by side. Professor bury shows how this worked and explains why Romans suffered more under the Lombards, who enforced Lombard law in Italy, than under previous invaders.
About the Author
J. B. Bury taught history for many years at the University of Cambridge.
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Having read the book, I have to say that it has been a most enjoyable reading experience. The author's style and approach are models of clarity, and his analysis/conclusions are fascinating. The author is truly a master historian, I am grateful that the book is still available and very happy to have come across it.
It is said that those who do not know history are bound to repeat the mistakes of the past. This book really drives the point home, even though it covers events that occurred fifteen hundred years ago. A great read.
The truly essential Bury, though, is his two-volume History of the Later Roman Empire. Incredibly readable, epic history that anyone with an interest in the era will enjoy.
Now I have had the inexpressible pleasure of reading J. B. Bury's marvelous book on the subject. As an introduction to a confused and confusing period, this collection of lectures nearly as old as the subject they address (just kidding--but they were written and delivered before the Great Depression) is a model of restraint, erudition, and clarity. More than 80 years later, it still sets the standard. Bury, better known as a classicist, may have raised eyebrows when he presented these as "modern" history, but who cares what you call it--this is some of the best history writing you'll find.
The style is wonderfully relaxed--remember, these were originally lectures--and the information is broken out into delightfully brief chapters that can easily be read in a short lull between life's innumerable other pressing demands. This is NOT heavy going, ever. Bury's graceful prose seems to allow us to gaze back on the turbulence of Rome's twilight as though into the depths of a luminous fish tank. It's that limpid, and it seems to have the effect of throwing the events and characters discussed into sharp relief. Indeed, I have yet to read another author who manages to breathe such vitality into historical figures with such an economy of words.
This book is "Old School" the way J. S. Bach's music is old school. Just experiencing it has a calming, civilizing effect. It automatically makes you a better person. And it will whet your appetite for more. Enjoy...