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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Wickham depicted himself as a firm opponent of moralism, which is totally fine to me as I personally detest moralist nutters who can’t live tje day without uttering empty moral judgments; the problem with the book is that while asserting his stance, Wickham seemed to approach the other extreme by completely rejecting any comparisons or generalizations.

More integration of archaeology into the account might have helped, although I’m not certain. Wickham, then, was faced with a formidable task: Overall, however, I think it’s an interesting, informative, and very readable history of Western Eurasia and North Africa’s transformation from the Classical period to the medieval period, and I highly recommend it.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Demanding to follow all characters and story lines, very academic. Alaric leading the Goths through the pillaged streets of Rome; Justinian gazing for the first time on the dome of Hagia Sophia; Mohammed bringing the new message of Islam to the warriors of Arabia; Charlemagne being crowned emperor by the Pope on Christmas Day, Jul 27, Stephen rated it it was ok. The reviews I read of this book were not promising; however, I found it to be readable, interesting, and as comprehensive a survey of this vast stretch of time as could be hoped for.

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In Wickham’s hands, the layers of partial evidence and the differences of time and place need more space per century, not less. AD Library of World Civilization.


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Wickham deals with this question through his book. View all 7 comments. Instead, he lets the evidence speak for itself, discarding ideology in favor of inheritqnce examination. Apr 06, Andy rated it it was ok Shelves: Wickham started out towards the gradualist extreme his original area was northern Italy, an area with a lot less and much later change than others in western Europe and has become much more centrist as he has widened his field.

The Inheritance of Rome by Chris Wickham – review

This is a fantastic book. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Schoolchildren today know far less about the Romans and their successors than they used to, yet the empire still casts wickhamm long shadow. And view on the Carolingian empire from the position of later development of France and Germany is the same wrong.

Maybe it was the time period itself or the sheer volume of information it was trying to portray.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. He has become the spokesman for the new unifying view. 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.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The barbarian relationship with Roman culture was not a clear-cut one of antagonism, any more than is the relationship of the rest of the world with American culture today. I also loved his ponderation of the “continuity vs. Thereafter, military and governing power devolved onto the accomodated barbarian groups like the Visigoths.

The Ottonians tried to continue this legacy, but Europe, under attack from Vikings, Arabs, and others was less inclined to see itself as a whole towards the end of this period. I know I do and I get discombobulated around those who prefer to sickham this period of history, and frankly prefer not to talk to those kind of people if at all possible unless ineritance know philosophy, science, mathematics, old movies or other periods of history!


As wealth became more localized through land rents, so the Empire gradually broke up into separate kingdoms whose elites had barbarian roots.

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JustinianSaint ColumbaBede. The most striking difference is how much time he spends on peasants, slaves, “unfree workers,” and other regular people, as opposed to most histories, which for the most part only discuss political, military, and religious leaders, and the occasional scholar or artist. Jan 18, Pam Doyle rated it really liked it Shelves: We want our leading thinkers, including historians, to go out on a limb, to take risks; but sometimes one feels that this book is more concerned with safeguarding the author wicmham accusations of misinterpreting the evidence than with people in the first millennium.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The intention of the author is as huge as deserving any respect. I also genuinely appreciate.

It seems sound and I like the breadth inherihance vision in trying to incorporate Western, Byzantine and Islamic wickhan.

Unlike so many wickahm post-September 11, popular histories, this book gives us little sense of a clash of civilisations; instead, Wickham shows how both empires were the heirs of Rome, and how they confronted strikingly similar economic and ideological dilemmas. Carolingian Francia, England and post-Carolingian Latin Christendom are very well explored in the period between the years and on both political, cultural, religious and socioeconomic histories, yet the chapters on “Outer Europe” should have been better explored.

The Penguin History of Europe Paperback: Immensely learned, super dense, very well structured, and still incredibly readable, leaving out no details worth recounting.

This particular volume is part of new European History sponsored by Penguin Press.