The Fall of the Roman Empire

The Fall of the Roman Empire What caused the fall of Rome Since Gibbon s day scholars have hotly debated the question come up with the answers ranging from blood poisoning to immorality In recent years however the most likely e

  • Title: The Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Author: Arther Ferrill
  • ISBN: 9780500250952
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What caused the fall of Rome Since Gibbon s day scholars have hotly debated the question come up with the answers ranging from blood poisoning to immorality In recent years, however, the most likely explanation has been neglected wasn t it above all else a military collapse Prof Ferrill believes it was, puts forth his case in this provocative book.PrefaceTWhat caused the fall of Rome Since Gibbon s day scholars have hotly debated the question come up with the answers ranging from blood poisoning to immorality In recent years, however, the most likely explanation has been neglected wasn t it above all else a military collapse Prof Ferrill believes it was, puts forth his case in this provocative book.PrefaceThe decline fall of RomeThe grand strategy of the Roman empireCrises on the frontiers in the 4th century Theodosius the great AD 378 395The turning point AD 406 410The grand strategy of the western Roman empire in the early 5th centuryAetius, the vandals the HunsThe fall of RomeTable of EmperorsNotesSelect BibliographyIllustration CreditsIndex

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    • Arther Ferrill

      Arther Ferrill, a professor emeritus of history at the University of Washington at Seattle, is also a respected expert on Ancient Rome and military history He has written four books and is a regular contributor to The Quarterly Journal of Military History and other periodicals as an author and in review of other authors He received his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1964.

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    • I read a book in the 70s (the excellent "Unless Peace Comes") in which the author reminded us that when a civilisation ends, an empire falls or a man loses everything then for that civilisation, empire or man it literally is the end of the world. For the Poles I grew up around, the Poland they knew ceased to exist on September 17th when the Soviets invaded a Poland engaged in a struggle for survival with the Nazis. The Poland that came into existence after the war was a totally different one wit [...]


    • Professor Ferrill has written a historical treatise about the fall of the Western Roman Empire from a military perspective. It's not a long book, but it is very through. In chapter one he briefly examines other theories regarding the fall of the (western) Roman Empire and pointedly demolishes them. It's his thesis that the main reason was a military failure on the part of the Romans. For the remainder of the book Professor Ferrill then precedes to competently support his thesis. The result is a [...]


    • Read this a supplementary reading for Yale's Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. The basic thrust of this book it to get down to the detail as to why the Western Empire collapsed from a military perspective. It boils down to:1. A shift from perimeter defense to a mobile strike force (cheaper to maintain) which allowed barbarians to invade and settle on the Roman side of the Danube and Rhine.2. Barbarization of the Roman army. By the end of the 4th Century, the Roman army was a shadow of its [...]


    • This book is a self-conscious defense of the thesis that the Western Roman Empire fell primarily as a consequence of the degeneration of its military against all comers. This collapse, Ferrill goes on to specify, was primarily a result of the 'barbarization' of the Roman army, their prior successes being substantially the result of maintaining (a) a superior infantry--the result of drill and discipline, (b) superior systems of supply, (c) superior siegecraft & (d) naval superiority. The barb [...]


    • -Para bien y para mal, breve.-Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. Enésima aproximación al fenómeno de la caída de Roma, interesado en diferenciar declive y caída propiamente dicha, centrado en las causa endógenas relativas a los cambios en la gran estrategia del imperio, en la formación y disciplina de sus soldados y en el origen de éstos.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethros/


    • It was a bit repetitive and sometimes hard to follow because of jumping around in the timeline. Overall it seems to provide a strong case that the Western Roman empire collapsed primarily because of a decline in the quality of the military due to incorporating the Visigoths and later other barbarians.


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