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Download The End of Empire reader » ó Join or create book clubs ç [PDF / Epub] ✪ The End of Empire: Attila the Hun & the Fall of Rome ☆ Join or create book clubs – History remembers Attila the leader of the Huns as the Romans perceived him a savage barbarian bRrior and an astute strategist whose rule was threatening but whose sudden loss of power was evenso The End of Empire is an original exploration of the clash between empire and barbarity in the ancient world full of contemporary resonanc Christopher Kelly's book entitled 'The End of Empire Attila the Hun & the Fall of Rome'2009 is well written with an excellent section for Notes & Further Reading at the back I couldn't decide whether it would provide an excellent introduction or was better suited to the knowledgeable reader I would place myself in the latter category and could easily follow the shifts in perspective and date which confronts the reader It's all there assessment of evidence lengthy uotations from sources worthwhile maps but you need a firm grip on the saddle before you mount this ponyKelly dissects the traditional view of the Huns He uotes Ammianus' description at length PP 23 25 before demolishing whole sections of it excusing it partly as the normal distortions produced by 'civilised' writers when describing 'barbarians' outside their control He could have added the European Imperialist commentaries on the peoples of Africa etc He rejects the identification of the Huns with the Xiongnu who plagued China in the 1st century CE he doesn't mention 'White Huns' who are sometimes muddled into that mix of central Asian peoples whose activities brought such headaches to their neighbours over millenia He rejects the classification of Huns as purely nomadic arguing they established themselves on the Hungarian Plain in the 4th century CE He insists that small groups of Huns were actively involved in the affairs of the Roman Empire during the century preceding the rise of Attila producing authoritative references to support his argumentWhat singles out Attila is his unification of Hunnish effort just as Genghis Khan united the Mongol clans c 1200 into a fearsome military force Unlike the Mongols the Huns retained their empire for not much than a generation although the rapid decay of the Ilkhans compared to the Yuen Dynasty in China might suggest a similar reason for failure the existence of effective competitionThe centre piece of the book is the embassy sent in 449 to Attila of which an extensive but savagely doctored account by Priscus planning to produce a 'History of Attila' survivesI have long known about the embassy but I never knew that it was a mask for a plot to secure Attila's assassination From the start the plot was betrayed and Attila played with the embassy for his own benefit Kelly uses what survives to stress how much the Huns were not the barbarian monsters described by Ammianus but had a degree of civilisation and in some ways a higher ethical standard than the Romans What Kelly overlooks is that Ammianus Marcellinus c 325 c390 was writing at least fifty years before the events described here The Huns had been in close contact with Rome for almost three generations and there must have been considerable changes in the way of life Even so the account of the embassy is tense and highly descriptive and by itself would recommend the work Of course many details especially much of the outcome is unknown due to lack of resources and open to speculation Kelly is well prepared to offer such usually with sound reasoning and exploitation of what sources do remain It is clear that throughout the book Kelly would line up with Jordanes in stating 'Beneath his great savagery Attila was a subtle man and fought with diplomacy before he went to war' uoted P 237 This may be true as Attila was a great opportunist with the ability to apply pressure as and when he wished Conseuently one might ask how would he have dealt with Rome under a ruler like Trajan and not one mired in muddle and decay beset by the threat formerly called the Volkerwanderung note Kelly's thesis of GRADUAL Hun intervention undermines that traditional picture? For Kelly Attila is the hero and Aetius the villain and one senses his disappointment that 'Attil

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History remembers Attila the leader of the Huns as the Romans perceived him a savage barbarian brutally inflicting terror on whoever crossed his path Following Attila and the Huns from the steppes of Kazakhstan to the court of Constantin I had zero background about Atilla except for the PC game campaigns so I was really looking forward to reading about his life Now imagine my disappointment that the information about Atilla and even the Hun civilization is very meager and almost all in the eyes of the Romans So I guess the real protagonist in preserving Atilla was Priscus whose brief but detailed encounter I think was the best part of the book This is well written and arranged nevertheless a good mixture of academic and entertainment for history buffs

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The End of Empire Attila the Hun & the Fall of RomeOple Christopher Kelly portrays Attila in a compelling new light uncovering an unlikely marriage proposal a long standing relationship with a treacherous Roman general and a thwarted assassination plot  We see Attila as both a master wa I generally agree with the 4 and 5 star reviews I have read the contemporary cannon concerning the Steppes Kurgan Culture the Goths and their friends the Völkerwanderung and the late Roman Empire by our English and chiefly in translation German Danish and Swedish historians ethnologists and archeologistsWhat I want to say is that Part III Dinner With Attila pp 151 208 is worth the price of this book for a general reader who has no particular interest in the twilight of the Roman Empire I first read this book in 2010 and I have just re read it I did a lot of reading in between As a piece of speculative history the kind of history based on a very incomplete record but a sound understanding of what the available evidence shows about the people who accomplished what we understand actually happened it does not get any better than thisMaybe HBO or Showtime will give us something like Game of Thrones or the Borgia's based on Dinner With Attila I hope so