NYTs Blog, “The Fall-of-Rome Industry”

From the NYTs:

Today’s idea: Anxiety over the future of the West probably lies behind the publication of so many books on the fall of the Roman Empire, a historian says.

DESCRIPTION Ed Alcock for The New York Times Look over your shoulder: history’s gaining on you.

History | “Seven learned authors, seven substantial books and more than 3,000 pages packed with information on the collapse of Roman power in the West, all published inside four years,” muses one of those seven writers, Bryan Ward-Perkins, in the British magazine Standpoint.

Whatever could this mean — all these tomes with allusions to the present, down to chapter titles drawn from recent political buzzwords? Ward-Perkins answers…

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I guess I got in on the curve on this one.

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