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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A historian friend of mine tells me these are the conventional pieties of professional historiography, and that I should just ignore them. The book contains maps at critical dates, a page by page reference at the back contains all sources as well as an index.

Nov 16, Grady McCallie rated it really liked it Shelves: Similar format to Book 1 but this seemed much harder to read. The Penguin History of Europe Paperback: Byzantium and Arab during this time.

See and discover other items: Jan 18, Pam Doyle rated it really liked it Shelves: Groundbreaking and full of fascinating revelations, The Inheritance of Rome offers a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created.

Speeding through the centuries

The problem is that there’s rarely a deep dive into a person, experience, or event that in any way captures interest. Rather, Wickham presents us with such dickham anecdotes so that long after the names and events vanish from memory, readers will be left with a deep and accurate feel for post-Roman culture, society, and government.

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.

Can’t put the book down.

CE is one of th Wickham is a very active historian specializing in the post-Roman world up to about CE 1, There were some strong continuities between the society and institutions of the Roman Empire and the post-Roman polities that succeeded it. While inhwritance this book on the pages devoted to XI century the very first chapters telling about V-VI centuries seemed to me so far away as these centuries really are to us, contemporary readers. The Inheritance of Rome is an excellent cgris to learn about an interesting and important period of our past.


But if this is also a landmark book, it will only be seen as such by those looking out of the top windows of ivory towers. The Carolingians very consciously made use of the rhetoric of restoration in their policies. I did continue reading, though, because I didn’t think this kind of willful political obtuseness would have an effect on his accounts on medieval history, but it was enough to make me a little skeptical about some of his views on the medieval European economy.

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 inherritance western Europe and has become much more centrist as he has widened his field.

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This comes off as more a desire to say that the truth is in the middle than an actually tenable historiographical argument. May 03, James rated it it was amazing. The various Penguin History series are all without footnotes and aimed at ‘intelligent laymen’ or undergraduate review course. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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Dec 11, Matthew Kaufman rated it it was amazing. Thus, early medieval Europe came about through multiple influences: Fantastic read – a real pleasure. The book is broken into four parts; the breakup of the Empireearly Western Europelater Eastern Europe and later Western Europe The most striking difference is how much time he spends on peasants, slaves, “unfree workers,” and other regular people, as opposed to inherltance histories, which for the most part only discuss political, wiickham, and religious leaders, and the occasional scholar or artist.

Wednesday 26 Chgis Want to Read saving…. On top of this one might note that Wickham is the Chichele professor of medieval history at Oxford and his previous book, Framing the Early Middle Ages, which adumbrates this work, was a joint winner of the prestigious Wolfson prize.

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Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham argues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity.

He lives in Oxford, England.

Part III was probably the hardest to write for the author, since it dealt with areas almost completely romf of his area of expertise early and high medieval Italybut he suceeds anyway in making a good introduction.


It is also a theme which sounds distinctly similar to much of the earliest scholarship about early medieval history, in which Rome was the obvious ideal of civilization — a theme increasingly criticized from the turn of the 20th century and then replaced with an emphasis on the vitality and validity of Germanic culture.

After months of trying to dig into the text but bouncing off, I started underlining topic sentences, and the book came alive. I like the way the book is broken up into parts. It’s a really deep dive in the history of the period which is well known as Dark ages.

Presumably because generalization has horns, a spade tipped tail, and makes idle hands its plaything. I also loved his ponderation of the “continuity vs. At the beginning of this period, the Roman Empire was still the same empire that had existed for centuries. The question is not whether scholarship at this level has a place; it is rather whether a series such as The Penguin History of Europe should confine itself to academic questions and display scant regard for literary technique or addressing the key questions which people have of the past.

Alaric leading the Goths through the pillaged streets of Rome; Justinian gazing for the first time on the dome of Eome Sophia; Mohammed bringing the new message of Islam to the warriors of Arabia; Charlemagne being crowned emperor by the Pope on Christmas Day, AD Library of World Civilization. Let me also add that this “enlightening” of the period is exactly what in many ways was promised and even required from this work, yet I think there’s a partially missing field, as we’ll see. This has had major impact on this fo period.

Schoolchildren today know far less about the Romans and their successors than they used to, yet the empire still casts a long shadow. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Pages with related products.

Oct 11, Gary rated it it inheritajce amazing. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?