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Pád Západorímskej ríše bol jednou z najvýznamnejších transformácií v celých dejinách ľudstva. Michael Grant identifikoval trinásť nedostatkov, ktoré pokladá za rozhodujúce pre zánik impéria. Tieto trhliny v spoločnosti antického Ríma rozdelili národ a zničili jeho schopnosť odolávať nepriateľským inváziám. V knihe skúma minulosť zrozumiteľne a do hĺbky, vnášajúc svetlo do ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published 2006 by Slovart (first published 1976)
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Short chapters help to keep this book readable. It's designed for the general reader with a brief historical introduction that leads into the main discussion.

It seems a little odd to say that the book is about the fall of the Roman empire because the contrast between the fall of the western half and survival of the eastern half is only explicitly made in a short appendix. Rather it is an exploration of the role of disunity in the eventual end of the western half of the empire.

This disunity is
Michael Grant's The Fall of the Roman Empire was a quick non-fiction 'hit' that I needed after reading too much fiction. It is a 200-page summary of the reasons behind the fall of the Roman Empire. This can be a bewildering subject as there are no easy answers to the question 'why did the Roman Empire fall?' Listed below is an even more condensed version of the reasons why. For anyone that wants an even simpler explanation Michael Grant sums it up in the introduction by saying 'It was brought ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-history
If you are a non-specialist like me (the target reader of this book, I think) you may find the first chapter or two a little rough going, as Grant lays out the entire time frame he will be discussing in the book. Since I was only vaguely familiar with many of the important historical figures he mentions, I got a little discouraged. But I kept going and quickly found the book understandable and enlightening. Grant uses not only economics and politics but also cultural points to explain some of ...more
Nicolas Perrault
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An overall excellent book. Every chapter inspects one kind of disunity that afflicted the Empire. The author recognises the failures in the military as the immediate cause of the Western Roman collapse, and then shows how the disunities (in religion, in wealth, in race) prevented the army from fulfilling its role. One thing that I disliked was the constant chronological jumping around. The author often passes from the early fourth to the late fifth century and back dazzingly fast, and has the ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fall of the Roman Empire is Michael Grant unusual interpretation on why the Western Roman Empire fell. The The Fall of the Roman Empire structure and analysis is clearly heavily seen through the lens of his own world view and the book reflects this. Grant takes us through the 4th and 5th centuries of the Roman Empire and points to various factors that he believes were pivotal in his view to the collapse of the Empire. Through out he does make valid observations on the corruption during ...more
Petr Bylok
Že by vzestup křesťanství, katolické církve a mnišství přispělo mimo jiných k zániku Římské říše? Nemyslím si, spíš měl autor nějaký osobní problém, když popisuje všechny svaté jako nenávistné pronásledovatele pohanů.
May 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why did the an Empire that was no longer ruled from Rome - instead was ruled jointly in the periphery by highly romanised Gauls, Britons, Spaniards, North Africans, Italians collapse in the west - whilst in the East the maily Jewish-Coptic-Greek Eastern Empire survived?

Had the Western Romans in Gibbons opinion really become pygimies?

Or had the need for a central capital and Emperor become obsolete?

Grant deals with various reasons
1. Religion and the affect pasive christainity had on the
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good at it's goal -- to summarize the dozen or so sources of disunity that led to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476. It does that well, and quickly, and the parallels with our own world are eerily familiar. It's striking how effective the fleeing society was at undermining the Empire. Large number of folks "Went Galt," fleeing to caves, monasteries, the countryside, or just refused to support and participate in society and government. Good quick read. Recommended.
Robert Gould
A quick read. It was exactly what I wanted. I had been hearing on the radio how the US was in some respects similar to Rome and following in some of the same footsteps as Rome, prior to it's fall. This addressed issues in a very readable way on how Rome fell, or at least issues that likely helped lead to its fall. I was then able to decide for myself if there was some similarity with the way the US is now.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking especially for people living in the US or Europe. Took me a while to get into the book but in the end it was a rewarding read.
Oct 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient, history
Aside from a slightly stodgy, Christian worldview which peeks through the surface every now and again, a solid overview of many of the faultlines of the late Roman world.
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
He identifies 13 defects of the empire that became responsible for it's fall.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really concise but ambitious look at multiple causes for the Roman Empire's collapse; I'd go so far as call it a must for anyone even slightly interested in antiquity or the early Middle Ages.
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Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ...more