history

Collapse of Trade as a Phase Transition

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Prompted by our visiting friend Geoff (the 'lucky Geologist' and author of 'Green Figs' and other essays), I have recently finished reading 'The Fall of Rome - and the End of Civilization' by Bryan Ward-Perkins (OUP2005), wherein the author responds to a recent trend amongst historians to view the fall of Rome as a largely peaceful transition to Germanic rule within a period of positive cultural evolution. ...more »