HIST 210 - Lecture 6 - Transformation of the Roman Empire

Lecture 6 - Transformation of the Roman Empire

Overview

The Roman Empire in the West collapsed as a political entity in the fifth century although the Eastern part survived the crisis.. Professor Freedman considers this transformation through three main questions: Why did the West fall apart – because of the external pressure of invasions or the internal problems of institutional decline? Who were these invading barbarians? Finally, does this transformation mark a gradual shift or is it right to regard it as a cataclysmic end of civilization? Professor Freedman, as a moderate catastrophist, argues that this period marked the end of a particular civilization rather than the end of civilization in general.

Assignment

Wickham, The Inheritance of Rome, pp. 21-49; 76-108.

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