The Fall of Rome: The Western Empire in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (HIH1602)

15 credits

This module focuses on one of the most dynamic and controversial periods of European history. Between c.400 and the mid sixth century Roman rule in western Europe gave way to a patchwork of ‘Barbarian’ successor states, a process which represents a major break with the social, political and economic systems which had hitherto prevailed. Whether or not Rome truly ‘fell’ and the nature of the changes witnessed in these years remain hotly debated, but their importance is undeniable. Core themes will include the causes of the eclipse of the Western Empire; the legacy of Rome within the main Barbarian successor states; and the nature of these early medieval polities.