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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My ability to judge the later periods and Islamic is rather more limited to my memory of studying mediaeval history back in my BEd. The Islamic caliphates retained a tax system, but since they relied on local leaders to collect and transmit the taxes, the governance structure was inherently fragile, and eventually collapsed into smaller states unified by common cultural, legal, and religious traditions. And view on the Carolingian empire from the position of later development of France and Germany is the same wrong.
If you are truly interested in early middle age period, this is a good book to study, albeit you would do good to have some basic early middle age history knowledge prior to reading this book as then it won’t seem like the author is “just reading a dictionary or phone book”.
Rather, internal struggles over the office of emperor drew the Roman military away from the borders to fight in those struggles, thus allowing barbarian groups to raid into the Empire and in some cases move freely within it. Once within the weakened Empire on their own terms, many such barbarian groups were accomodated by the Empire and settled as overlords over particular regions. Just to be clear: I have no doubt this is thoroughly researched and minutely considered.
Germans and Romans are portrayed as antagonists in a clash of cultures, pitting free-spirited, vigorous Germanic tribes against the imperial oppression of Rome and in some cases the Church. Apr 06, Andy rated it it was ok Shelves: CE is one of those dates that we all know.
Get to Know Us. This is “Fall of Rome” territory, done with a more modern understanding. The Pursuit of Glory: Maybe if I had more background in the late Roman Empire.
Speeding through the centuries
This may have expanded from the original plans. There’s something to be said for resistance to grand narratives about the broad sweep of history. 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 chriw 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 will admit it takes your full attention and is not a “pop history” as many “history books” are these days.
The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, by Chris Wickham
He is a pithy and compelling guide through the narrative complexities of Constantinople politics, from the ruthless Justinian II, the emperor with the golden nose, to the grim Basil the Bulgar-Slayer, but he is happiest when exploring the subterranean shifts of social and economic history, showing how state power waxed and waned, how people made and spent their money, and how they worshipped and thought.
He repeats this over and over, so you’ll not get the wrong idea. The introduction to the book is superb and set me up for an exciting read. Od handling of the Late Antique material with which I’m most experien This is a superb book on the Dark Ages and a splendid introduction to the current state of this neglected field.
While I welcome adequate coverage of details and discussions of indirectly-related topics, they have to be done is an efficient and thought-provoking manners — I inheritace neither of those in Thd lengthy anecdotes.
Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The Islamic world is treated a bit worse as Wickham just relies too much on later 9th century accounts which form the traditional narrative of the period, which has been tge in the last decades by “Orientalists”, so its value is a bit reduced, although it’s decent as an introduction. As things stand, most readers will find themselves simply browbeaten by academia.
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After this romanticizing folly, you’ll be surprised to find that the final chapter is called ‘Trends in European History. A History of Europe from to When we fret about barbarians at the gates, or argue about the hubris of the Pax Americana, we are following in the footsteps not only of Gibbon, but of the historical characters who inhabited his work: Wickham started out towards the gradualist extreme his original area was northern Italy, an area with a lot less chri much later change than others in western Europe and has become much more centrist as he has widened his field.
Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The Germans invaders did not simply sweep chhris Roman institutions and customs, but were rather, eager to adopt Romans ways. Nope, we should see things as they were seen at the time. 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.
The only state that really compared with the Byzantine Empire for power and complexity was the gigantic Abbasid caliphate ruled from Baghdad, for a while the greatest city in the world. Almost every page is full of arresting details and insights; even specialists will learn a lot. Dec 11, Matthew Kaufman rated it it was amazing.
Sweeping in its breadth, Wickham’s incisive history focuses on a world still profoundly shaped by Rome, which encompassed the romr Byzantine, Carolingian, and Ottonian empires, and peoples ranging from Goths, Franks, and Vandals to Arabs, Anglo- Saxons, and Vikings.
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. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Wickham brings both a sense of humor and a lively flair for storytelling to his history of the era, touching on Christian hermits as the Roman equivalent of “Dear Abby” and what I like to refer to as the “Frankish Saint-Stealing Heist.
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Illuminating the Dark Ages” is a very good and witty survey of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages that shatters many kinds of misconceptions on the period, even if I think inheritanc at some points overrated. Rather he wishes us to understand that communities must be understood in their own terms.
He does like to introduce chapters with entertaining stories, but those wickhm do give an excellent hook to the reader. And we are given intriguing moments to ponder with regard to their significance. Instead, he lets the evidence speak for itself, discarding ideology in favor of careful examination.
Wickham, then, was faced with a formidable cjris I had so much fun reading this book! Maybe it was the time period itself or the sheer volume of information it was trying to portray.
An ambitious and enlightening look at why the so-called Dark Ages were anything but that 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. Read more Read less.