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Arther Ferrill's "The Fall of the Roman Empire"
Critical review of Ferrill's book about the decline of the Roman Empire.
# 48864 | 868 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 19, 2004 in History (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis) , Literature (General)

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This paper presents a positive review of Arther Ferrill's study on the Roman Empire, "The Fall of the Roman Empire". The paper includes a discussion of some of the book's weaknesses, but focuses on the book's ability to deliver an informative, historical account of the decline of the Roman Empire. The paper also applies the lessons learned from the book to the current political situation in the United States and asserts that these lessons should be heeded in light of the comparisons that can be drawn between the political, economic, and military power of the United States and that of the Roman Empire during its time.

From the Paper:

"The Fall of the Roman Empire by Arther Ferrill (1986) provides well written and interesting reading for the non-historian. While Ferrill breaks down many areas of the Roman Empire and it's decline, there are other areas where the author's description of some important details remains sketchy and leaves the reader wanting more information. Ferrill breezes over some very important explanations concerning why the Eastern Empire survived despite the Eastern army suffering the two major defeats of Adrianople and Julian's failed Persian campaign. Ferrill also does not support the argument that the Fall of Rome was the result of a successful conquest of barbarism and religion. He instead maintains that uncomplicated military failures contributed to Rome's decline. The case he presents supports that these were created by political blunders, and that enough of the blunders created the misfortune that resulted in the decline of the Roman public spirit."

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