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The fall of the Roman Empire : a new history of Rome and the Barbarians

Author: P J Heather
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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"The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Rome generated its own nemesis. Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors it called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling the Empire that had dominated their lives for so long." "In The Fall of the Roman Empire, he explores the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P J Heather
ISBN: 0195159543 9780195159547
OCLC Number: 58595067
Notes: Originally published: Macmillan, 2005.
Description: xvi, 572 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Pax Romana. Romans --
Barbarians --
The limits of empire --
Crisis. War on the Danube --
The City of God --
Out of Africa --
Attila the Hun --
Fall of empires. The fall of the Hunnic Empire --
End of empire --
The fall of Rome.
Responsibility: Peter Heather.
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In this groundbreaking book, a leading authority on the late Roman Empire proposes that centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling the  Read more...

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"A rich and dramatic synthesis of the latest research on Gibbon's old story.... The drama of Mr. Heather's book lies not just in the world-changing story he has to tell, but in his behind-the-scenes Read more...

 
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