If Rome Hadn't Fallen

How the Survival of Rome Might Have Changed World History

Timothy Venning

 
Date Published :
October 2011
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
8 pages plate section, approx 6 b/w maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848844292
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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This is a fascinating exploration of how the history of Europe, and indeed the world, might have been different if the Western Roman Empire had survived the crises that pulled it apart in the 4th and 5th centuries.

Dr. Timothy Venning starts by showing how that survival and recovery might plausibly have happened if several relatively minor things had been different. He then moves on to discuss a series of scenarios which might have altered the course of subsequent history dramatically. Would the survival of a strong Western Empire have assisted the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire in halting the expansion of Islam in the Middle East and North Africa? How would the Western Roman Empire have handled the Viking threat? Could they even have exploited the Viking discovery of America and established successful colonies there?

While necessarily speculative, all the scenarios are discussed within the framework of a deep understanding of the major driving forces, tensions and trends that shaped European history and help to shed light upon them. In so doing they help the reader to understand why things panned out as they did, as well as what might have been.

About The Author
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Timothy Venning is a specialist in the English- British Civil Wars and in the history and biography of the 17th century. He has a particular interest in the history of Parliament and also Irish history. He is an established author and has contributed to New Dictionary of National Biography.

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