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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This book is so long that inevitably recalls some novels by Borges either about author of Don Quixote or about people of some empire who intended to create so detailed map of their country that it had to be the size of the wichkam Dec 11, Matthew Kaufman rated it it was amazing. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. While Chris Wickham powerfully manages to shatter the idea that western Europe, namely its northern and central regions, was destined to thrive and even rule the world during the much of the modern period, and manages to include the Mediterranean and the eastern polities in his narrative, still doesn’t wickhaj enough the old paradigm of looking tthe to western Europe, since eastern and northern Europe aren’t adequately focused.

As time went by, those settled barbarian groups became the origins of later medieval kingdoms, but only after becoming far more Roman in culture than barbarian. Chris Wickham’s “The Inheritance of Rome: Indeed, for anybody who has seen and admired the Byzantium exhibition at the Royal Academy, this book is the ideal companion. The Inheritance of Rome brilliantly presents a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created.

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That is the problem here. I retained very little, and feel compelled to find a better read on this subject. And we are given intriguing moments to ponder with regard to their significance. It has only two weaknesses. The new year may be only a month old, but it is hard to believe that it will produce many more enduring and impressive history books than this.


There’s often a lot of complicated things going on that challenge the straightforward telling, and a lot of misplaced desire for simple stories about long epochs. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

At one point he states: In recent decades pf have moved to viewing this date as not that important and stressing the continuation of the Roman world as the political apparatus wckham.

Oct 11, Gary rated it it was amazing. Why doesn’t he temper the mind-numbing nominalism names of people, places and factions from the randomly chosen thfexcluding the ones most people can actually picture or point to on a map: My ability to judge the later periods and Islamic is rather more limited to my memory of studying mediaeval history back in my BEd. So if we would build any approximations we would definitely fail since high level in X century by no means had helped Egypt to sustain it’s position in the changing world.

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It is a superb survey of current historical thinking for this time period. Magnificent, in-depth survey of the time period between C.

Speeding through the centuries

But I sure coul There’s something to be said for resistance to grand narratives about the broad sweep of history. This is more or less the equivalent of the history of Pf from the battle of Agincourt to now. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

I also loved his emphasis on the study of the peasantry “in opposition” to the aristocracy of all those medieval societies namely the Frankishwhen the book could have easily have become just a history of the elites and the church. Byzantium a I am really enjoying this book. I’ll return to this issue at the final paragraph, since my wider critique is general to the work.


Hardcoverpages. Well, it’s difficult to restrain myself from mentioning here all valuable discoveries. For every assertion, Wickham offers detailed examples; when I stopped worrying about retaining those, the larger picture came rap A excellent account of the Dark Ages, throughwith a special focus on how patterns of political and economic wickbam changed over that time in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and in the Islamic world from the Middle East to Spain.

The Pursuit of Glory: Excellent book about the world of Rome after Rome so to speak – very well written and captivating, with great chapters on the Islamic world, on the Goths and later the Franks and on the structure of society and good ones on Byzantium – it took me about a month of sporadic reading to finish it, but it became a reference work to be consulted across time.

I feel that I should take a course in the subject but not from Chris Wickham so that I could really get a grasp on some concepts. Wickham does have a theme and clear point to make, which is in the title: As Wickham points out, this is not just surprising, it was against the law: On the one hand, the era was not nearly as dark as is sometimes supposed.