Ancient History & Civilisation

The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History

The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History

In AD 378 the Roman Empire had been the unrivalled superpower of Europe for well over four hundred years. And yet, August that year saw a small group of German-speaking asylum-seekers rout a vast Imperial army at Hadrianople, killing the Emperor and establishing themselves on Roman territory. Within a hundred years the last Emperor of the Western Empire had been deposed. What had gone wrong?

In this ground breaking book, Peter Heather proproses a stunning new solution to one of the greatest mysteries of history. Mixing authoratative analysis with thrilling narrative, he brings fresh insight into the panorama of the empire's end, from the bejewelled splendour of the imperial court to the dripping forests of "Barbaricum". He examines the extraordinary success story that was the Roman Empire and uses a new understanding of its continued strength and enduring limitations to show how Europe's barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome, eventually pulled it apart.

Preface

PROLOGUE

Chapter 1 - MIGRANTS AND BARBARIANS

THE PEOPLING OF EUROPE

THE GREAT MIGRATION DEBATE

MIGRATION AND INVASION

Chapter 2 - GLOBALIZATION AND THE GERMANI

THE TRANSFORMATION OF GERMANIC EUROPE

WARRIORS, KINGS AND ECONOMICS

THE ROMAN CONNECTION

GLOBALIZATION

Chapter 3 - ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME?

FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BLACK SEA

MIGRATION AND THE GERMANI

FLOWS OF PREDATION

Chapter 4 - MIGRATION AND FRONTIER COLLAPSE

‘A SOLDIER ONCE’

MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLES

FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL

Chapter 5 - HUNS ON THE RUN

‘THE ORIGIN AND SEEDBED OF ALL EVILS’

TRIBAL GATHERING

EMPIRE AND IDENTITY

MIGRATION AND EMPIRE

Chapter 6 - FRANKS AND ANGLO-SAXONS: ELITE TRANSFER OR VÖLKERWANDERUNG?

ELITES AND MASSES

THE FRANKS AND ROMAN GAUL

MASS MIGRATION AND SOCIAL STRESS

Chapter 7 - A NEW EUROPE

EMPIRE FALLS

THE NEW ORDER

SYSTEMS COLLAPSE AND THE BIRTH OF EUROPE

Chapter 8 - THE CREATION OF SLAVIC EUROPE

IN SEARCH OF THE SLAVS

THE SLAVICIZATION OF EUROPE

MIGRATION AND THE SLAVS

MIGRATION AND SLAVIC EUROPE

Chapter 9 - VIKING DIASPORAS

VIKINGS AND THE WEST

RUSSIA’S VIKINGS

FLOWS OF MIGRATION

THE VIKING EXPLOSION

MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 10 - THE FIRST EUROPEAN UNION

POLITICS AND DEVELOPMENT

THE RISE OF THE STATE

PEERS AND PERIPHERIES

Chapter 11 - THE END OF MIGRATION AND THE BIRTH OF EUROPE

MIGRATION

MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT

NEWTON’S THIRD LAW OF EMPIRES?

MAPS

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