Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Fall of the West

If you haven't already, you really should read Tim O'Neill's outstanding review of Adrian Goldsworthy's The Fall of the West: The Death of the Roman Superpower. Like all the best reviews, it nearly renders the book in question superfluous. Certainly, I now feel qualified to bluff with the best of them on the current state of scholarship on the fall of the Western Empire.

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Tim O'Neill said...

Many thanks for the compliment (and the extra traffic!). But I'm not sure it renders Goldsworthy's book superfluous - his book is pretty lengthy and fairly dense. "Tenthmedieval" has left some pertinent comments on my review, to which I'll respond tonight. But they show that perhaps I didn't explain Goldsworthy's thesis as well as I liked.

Anonymous said...

wow, you weren't kidding.