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dc.contributor.advisorWickstrom, John B., 1941-
dc.contributor.authorKempster, Alec M.
dc.descriptioniii,. 79 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractHistorians continue to debate the reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. Most traditional thought on the subject states that combined with other underlying causes, the massive invasions of barbarian peoples in the fifth century overwhelmed and destroyed the western half of the Empire. Scholars belonging to this historical camp believe that a hostile invasion of barbarians in the fifth century began a "process that was to lead to the dissolution not only of the Roman political structure, but also of the Roman way of life." What resulted from these barbarian invasions was a total destruction of Roman culture and values, leading into the period which has popularly been called the Dark Ages; from which Europe did not recover until the Renaissance. However, modern scholarship on the subject has begun to dispel the idea of the Dark Ages, and has carved out a new period in history called Late Antiquity. In order to accomplish such a feat, the long standing beliefs held about the fall of the Roman Empire first have to be reexamined. Before one can answer the question of why Rome fell, one must first ask the question of how the imperium Romanum was able to exist for so long. The success of the Roman Empire was largely due to its ability to assimilate various groups from beyond its borders, into the Roman social and cultural fabric. This does not however appear to be the case in the fourth and fifth centuries, when Rome failed to completely absorb its Germanic neighbors as it had done successfully with other cultures in the past. Thus, recent scholarship has taken renewed interest in the so called barbarian invasions, and the precise roles they might have played in Roman politics.en_US
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dc.titleThe Germanic Successor Statesen_US
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