Why Rome Fell
Decline and Fall, or Drift and Change?
1. Auflage März 2022
496 Seiten, Softcover
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Explore an insightful and original discussion of the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire
In Why Rome Fell: Decline and Fall, or Drift and Change?, celebrated scholar of Roman history Dr. Michael Arnheim delivers a fascinating and robust exploration of the causes of and reasons for Rome's fall in the West. Steeped in applications of elite theory to the later Roman Empire, the author discusses several interconnected issues that influenced the decline of Rome, including monarchy, power structure, social mobility, religion, and the aristocratic ethos.
Incisive comparisons of the situation in Rome to those in the Principate and the Byzantine Empire shed light on the relative lack of "indissoluble union and easy obedience" (in Gibbon's phrase) in the later Roman Empire. Instead, the book reveals the divided loyalties of a fractured society that characterized Rome in its later years. Why Rome Fell also includes:
* A thorough introduction to the transition from the ancient to the medieval world, including discussions of monarchy, Diocletian and his relationship to the aristocracy, and Constantine's reforms
* Comprehensive explorations of the rise of the Roman Christian empire and Constantine's role
* Practical discussions of conflicting theories of what caused the fall of the Roman empire, including the Pirenne thesis, the malaria hypothesis, Gibbon's 'decline and fall' theory, and the role played by religion
An indispensable resource for students, scholars and the general reader with an inquiring mind about history, Why Rome Fell deserves a place on the bookshelves of anyone with an interest in a sophisticated and original take on historical continuity and change.
Introduction: The Problem
Part I : Transition from the Ancient to the Medieval World
Chapter 1 -- From Principate to Dominate
Chapter 2 -- Diocletian, Hammer of the Aristocracy
Chapter 3 -- Constantine the Reformer
Chapter 4 -- The Christian Empire
Chapter 5 -- The Fundamental Paradox
Chapter 6 -- Political Fragmentation and the Manorial System
Part II -- Conflicting Theories
Chapter 7 -- Two Models of Government
Chapter 8 -- Competing Schools of History
Chapter 9 -- Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Chapter 10 -- The Role of Christianity
Chapter 11 -- The Military Explanation
Chapter 12 - "Late Antiquity"
Chapter 13 -- "Eirenic" Settlements
Chapter 14 -- The Pirenne Thesis
Chapter 15 -- The Malaria Hypothesis
Part III -- Conclusion
Chapter 16 -- Fall plus Continuity