Ver I got to the end of Attila s life and Hodgkin started setting the scene for the Vandals and I found myself caring less and less There s so many different players petty politics some things never change and armies marching around that every time I picked it I would lose heart after barely a handful of pagesSo *I admitting defeat Maybe I d be better off starting smaller like with a Wikipedia page summary or * m admitting defeat Maybe I d be better off starting smaller like with a Wikipedia page summary or So despite being well written easy to read I just don t care enough about the subject matter
To Continue. Se continue. Se the Roman Empire making use of the texts of Latin and Greek chroniclers describing for example the campaigns of Attila or life in barbarian Gaul By using analogies with events in his own time the late 19th century and finding parallels with the state of what was then the British Empire he brought his subject even successfully to life The conclusions in this classic book on what causes an empire to collapse are still valid today.
Thomas Hodgkin á 4 SummaryCovering the Huns and a longer one covering the Vandals I knew very little about Attila the Hun and the way he swaggered across Europe Hodgkin is certainly opinionated he doesn t try to take a neutral tone at all He sneers at Attila and the Huns generally very much giving the impression that he favours
the civilised Romans over the barbarian invaders He doesn t rate Attila s abilities as a general despite hiscivilised Romans over the barbarian invaders He doesn t rate Attila s abilities as a general despite his accomplishments This is sort of refreshing given how used we are to historians trying to remain impartialHowe. Ila's death led to the fall of the Hunnish empire and the rise of the Vandals who sacked Rome in 455 Out of a period of constant fighting amongst the different tribes came the first barbarian king of Italy Odovakar signalling the true end of the Western Roman Empire Hodgkin's comprehensive work on this dramatic period was originally published as one volume of a larger history of Italy He drew a vivid picture of the 5th century collap. Despite being written in the 19th century with footnotes in Latin everyone learns Latin at school right this book is actually fairly easy to read It does sort of throw ou in at the deep end but that s at least partially because it s part of a larger work so by the
start of this book the Roman Empire has already split into Eastern and Western empires and the Westernof this book the Roman Empire has *already split into Eastern and Western empires and the Western isn t even * split into Eastern and Western empires and the Western isn t even from Rome any I picked this up mostly because my knowledge of Roman history is pretty weak The book is split into two sections a shorter one. It was Attila the Hun who brought together the Germanic barbarians and created a series of vigorous kingdoms out of the collapsing Roman Empire In this authoritative history Hodgkin explores Attila's rise and rule over the Huns in the 440's when Vandals Ostrogoths Gepids and Franks were also fighting under his banner and his dominion extended over Germany and Scythia from the Rhine to the frontiers of China The power vacuum after Att.