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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Magnificent, in-depth survey of the time period between C. It’s a judicious and comprehensive book. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. He lives in Oxford, England. The Germans invaders did not simply sweep away Roman institutions and customs, but were rather, eager to adopt Romans ways.

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As a result, I often had fo actually buying Wickham’s conclusions and his unwillingness to generalize irritated me a little, however strong the presentation of the empirics is which it is. Highly recommended as counterpart to both sensationalist account inheritanxe the “fall of Rome” and the “darkness that came” on one hand, and “what fall, nothing wiclham changed that much” on the other, as well as treating the subject without the benefit of hindsight and what came later, but in its own terms Other books in the series.

This new view acknowledges that there was a lot of change, but that it happened at different rates and in different ways. Most readers are looking for a complete and coherent portrait of the age, not an abstract set of possible textual readings.

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A ccording to Chris Wickham, two grand narratives have distorted our view of the period from to AD. The Birth of Classical Europe: I’m in megahistory mode, apparently. Presumably because generalization has horns, a spade tipped tail, and makes idle hands its plaything. That is the problem here. A excellent account of the Dark Ages, throughwith a special focus on how patterns of political and economic organization changed over that time in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and in the Islamic world from the Middle East to Spain.


The Inheritance of Rome brilliantly presents a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Individualism here is downplayed; it is kingship which matters, not kings – as if monarchs obeyed cultural scripts and exercised little free will. But our author is surely aware that these are not the only two ways to write history see Maccullough, Diarmid; Judt, Tony et al This period is apparently not that dark! It truly illuminates the Dark Ages and they weren’t dark at all. The Inheritance of Rome does a fantastic job of explaining this in comprehensive detail with viewpoints from all of Western Europe, including the Near East with the Byzantine Empire.

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The book contains maps at critical dates, a page by page reference at the back contains all sources as well as an index. Taking us from the fall of the Roman Empire up until the year and the so-called ‘Feudal Revolution’, this took in the post Roman States and cultures that grew out of this fall, including looks at the Visigoths, the Vandals, the Vikings, the Merovingians and Carolingians, as well many more that I’d never even heard of before.

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Other editions – View all The Inheritance of Rome: His handling of the Late Antique material with which I’m most experienced was sensitive and illuminating as was his Byzantine material.

Thankfully there is Chris Wickham: Whilst some of that inheeritance at least partially the fault of thhe 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.


This has had major sickham on this time period. Penguin Books; Reprint edition August 3, Language: But I sure could have used a version that was trimmed down by romme pages and focused on themes and trends a bit more aggressively. Apr 02, Gavin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 11, Gary rated it it was amazing.

The introduction to the book is superb and set me up for an exciting read.

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

Taking us from the fall of the Roman Empire up until the year and the so-called ‘Feudal Revolution’, this took in the post Roman States and cultures Covering a whopping great years of history, it’s small wonder that this book took two months to read. Well here yer go To Hell and Back: 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 exhaustive 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.

Prizewinning historian Chris Wickham defies the conventional view of the Dark Ages in European history with a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship.

From Ireland to Constantinople, the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the narrative constructs a vivid portrait of the vast and varied world of Goths, Franks, Vandals, Arabs, Saxons, and Vikings. Though sometimes the level of details could be way lower.