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Rome: Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - AD 476

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A major new single volume history of the greatest empire of antiquity, which challenges the orthodox view that Rome was a bringer of civilisation.


This controversial book presents Rome as an exploitative, violent and unstable system

It tells how Rome's search for plunder to feed itself led eventually to a self-destructive process that ate away at the system's socio-econom

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Paperback, 396 pages
Published November 5th 2009 by Routledge (first published January 27th 2008)
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Neil Faulkner's Rome is an interesting and concise Marxian history of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. A narrative history, it is exceedingly well detailed, well put together history. He argues that Rome was a ruthless war-machine, a State fed on the blood and slavery of conquered peoples which derived its wealth from robbery and violence. This interpretation is a far cry from the model of civilization and peace that the Empire is portrayed as in conservative historiography. It's partisan ...more
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Neil Faulkner is a British archaeologist, historian, writer, lecturer, broadcaster, and political activist.

Educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Faulkner was a school teacher before becoming an archaeologist.

He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, Editor of Military History Monthly, and Co-director of the Great Ar
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