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Escape from Rome

The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity

Walter Scheidel

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Princeton University Pres
02 January 2020
The gripping story of how the end of the Roman Empire was the beginning of the modern world The fall of the Roman Empire has long been considered one of the greatest disasters in history. But in this groundbreaking book, Walter Scheidel argues that Rome's dramatic collapse was actually the best thing that ever happened, clearing the path for Eur
By:   Walter Scheidel
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   94
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691172187
ISBN 10:   0691172188
Pages:   696
Publication Date:   02 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Walter Scheidel is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and a Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University. His many books include The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Princeton). He lives in Palo Alto, California. Twitter @WalterScheidel

Reviews for Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity

In a masterpiece of global history spanning over two millennia, Walter Scheidel tells us why western Europe remained politically fragmented after the collapse of Rome, why the rest of the world gravitated toward empire, and why that enduring political contrast explains the origins of sustained economic growth. A fascinating book. Philip T. Hoffman, author of Why Did Europe Conquer the World? Escape from Rome is a brilliant and very important book by a great scholar at the top of his powers. This is a wholly convincing and innovative account, logically driven and based on stunning scholarship. It will become a classic. John A. Hall, coauthor of The Paradox of Vulnerability: States, Nationalism, and the Financial Crisis


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