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FREE PDF Â BOOK The Fall of the Roman Empire Ù What caused the fall of Rome? Since Gibbon's day scholars have hotly debated the uestion 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 beli't it above all else a military collapse? Prof Ferrill believes it was puts forth his case in this provocative bookPrefaceThe decline fall of RomeThe grand strategy of the Roman empireCrises on the frontiers in the 4th century Theod Para bien y para mal breve Género HistoriaLo ue 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¿uiere saber más de este libro sin spoilers? Visite

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What caused the fall of Rome? Since Gibbon's day scholars have hotly debated the uestion come up with the answers ranging from blood poisoning to immorality In recent years however the most likely explanation has been neglected wasn 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 without its Jewish element with its borders moved westwards so that for those from the East there was no longer a Polish home and freedoms were curtailed I grew up in a world where we lived constantly in fear of nuclear holocaust the Cuban Missile Crisis and Reagan’s administration were real lows and today we have the economic disaster and the threat of Peak Oil energy resources running out and climate changeSmall wonder I love Apocalyptic and dystopic fiction they’re like primers for the world to comeArther Ferrill reminds us right at the beginning of this book that the fall of the Roman Empire was the end of civilisation “there was one respect in which they excelled without uestion That was in the creation of a basic standard of living that remains a marvel in the history of western civilisation Unlike most living before or since until very recent times the inhabitants of the Roman Empire had ample supplies of fresh water for drinking and bathing often transported hundreds of miles in the famous systems of aueducts The fact is that Romans did bathe in elaborate publicly supported heated baths found all over the Roman Empire from Hadrian’s Wall to the Greek East That alone makes them nearly uniue in western history” You would struggle to find another empire that lasted as longFerrill then goes on to analyse the causes of the fall He reminds us of the various theories from Gibbons’ “Decline and Fall” through to modern analysis He points out that many theories about economic collapse bureaucracy decadence and political inadeuacy of an Empire tottering “into its grave from senile decay impelled by a gentle push from the barbarians” are not sufficient The Roman world spread from the North of England to the deserts of Syria from the Danube to the Atlas Mountains The flaws and faults historians have identified apply to the totality of this world yet it is the West that fell in less than a lifetime the East continued to thrive and survive for almost another thousand yearsIn the end Ferrill points out the West fell because it was invaded by the barbarians and could not adeuately defend itself It fell because of the destruction of Roman military power Ferrill goes on to analyse this decline in the Roman military machine the most powerful fighting force until the Napoleonic era And what a fascinating tale unfolds Ferrill loves his subject and covers it in an interesting and most of the time very clear fashion We watch enthralled as decisions are made and revealed as stepping stones to doom politicians and generals seeking power turn on themselves and in the process destroy everything Decisions are made whose ramifications will in the distant future prove disastrousThis is good stuff Short succinct informed It rings alarm bells Power seeking politicians always make short term decisions The sheep are herded into the slaughterhouse unaware of the fate that awaits them And who can blame them? The Polish Jews and Christians walked in the streets of Warsaw Krakow and Lwow on the 31st of August 1939 without a real care in the world just as we walk ours

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The Fall of the Roman EmpireOsius 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 CreditsInd I veer between 3 and 4 stars with this Considering how well Ferrill connects the dots of Western Roman military politics over several crucial generations I give him 4 Don't get me wrong I'm not sure Ferrill ever successfully answers why Rome fell There are flaws in this book Ferrill makes some overbold claims Huns fought on foot really? He fails to go far enough at other points preferring his own thesis to the simple realization that Rome's endless civil wars clearly bled it down He accepts at face value some dubious statistics Late Rome's army being larger than Caesar's despite never approaching 40000 in any campaign His attempt to clear Honorius' reputation isn't effective Clearly something rotten lay in a Roman Empire that cut itself in half and then for two generations abandoned its people for Constantinople and Ravenna and partitioned its own provinces to please barbarian levies it shouldn't have ever needed The subject matter of a very interesting era save this book In fact it's hard to think of a exciting period than that of the Gothic Wars Hunnic Wars and collapse of Rome Unlike many historians Ferrill never strays from the most important feature of this age military collapse He provides a good analysis as to why the barbarian invasion succeeded by focusing on how Rome weakened itself at a crucial period by embracing two dubious reforms 1 the palatine comitanses limitanei dual army and 2 enlisting mass immigrants without proper oversight Imperial attention on their palatine bodyguards denuded the Rhine Danube riverine border probably the easiest place to stop barbarians Imperial reliance on barbarian immigrant recruits to flesh out the army was made far worse by their policies reverting into appeasing the worst type of immigrant recruits and dispiriting the native Roman levies It's a very politically incorrect thesis at points but it seems largely true If Ferrill is even half correct there was in fact a clear institutional causation in recruitment that largely led to Rome's military decline and collapse Ferrill successfully weaves a narration that focuses on just how badly led the Roman Empire was Sometimes imperial infighting prevent Roman armies from focusing on eliminating barbarian threats At other points Theodosian imperial ideology got in the way of correctly dealing with the Goths who had by now clearly pushed far beyond any karmic justification for rebellion and by 400 were mere brigands slaughtering Balkan provincials Ferrill does not pretend to be an unbiased observer which is fine Rome deserves its partisans He reserves particular vitriol against Theodosius the not so Great whose 'accommodations' policies exacerbated the tactical defeat at Adrianople into a strategic defeat Is it a great book? No after reading I saw it as a good analysis that correctly focused on military affairs but it was not ground breaking or even fully convincing Yet whether right or wrong Ferrill writes a book that deserves the time of any reader who wants to uickly review logical military reasons why Rome fell