Free E–pub [The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome] By Christopher Kelly


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  • The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome
  • Christopher Kelly
  • English
  • 11 December 2020
  • 9780224076760

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FREE READ È The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome Attila the Hun godless barbarian and near mythical warrior king has become a byword for mindless ferocity His brutal attacks smashed through the frontiers of the Roman empire in a savage wave of death and destruction His reign of terror shattered an imperial world that had been securely unified by the conuests of Julius Caesar five centuries before This book goes in search of the real Attila the Hun For the first time it reveals t. Writing about Attila poses problems for the historian the only sources that really exist about him were written by those considered among his fiercest enemies namely the Romans The Romans essentially considered everything non Roman as barbarian The Huns then and especially Attila are remembered in popular culture and history as vile barbarians who only cared about murder and thievery In general little is really known about the Huns There are only three words that we know for sure were used in the Hunnic language medos meaning essentially beer kamos a drink and strava which is a funeral feast This makes it hard to say anything for certain about them Where did they come from originally for example No one can sayHowever with the few sources that exist Kelly shows that our popular notion of the Huns is not entirely accurate and our perception of them needs to be revisited The Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus wrote about the Huns around 380 roughly a generation before Attila s birth that they exceed any definition of savagery and that they are so ugly and hideously distorted that they could be mistaken for two legged beasts He writes that they are never sheltered by buildings and that they are almost glued to their horses The latter thing actually appears to be a or less correct observation In short they are barbarians Drawing from a reliable source Ammianus Kelly writes was unlikely ever to even have seen a Hun Priscus who actually saw and met Attila face to face and other historical facts Kelly shows how Attila was not a barbarian at all indeed he was a shrewd tactician a fearless warrior but not one who did not think before he did battle The book shows how Attila s warring was not only random hit and run strikes for loot but cleverly planned attacks whose goal was perhaps to ultimately bring down the entire empire of Rome He struck fear into the hearts of Romans and demanded mountains of riches in tribute from them He was a cunning diplomat as well believe it or not who knew when to strike and when to leave it be In fact Kelly even writes that Attila s strategic brilliance lay not in fighting the Romans but in seeking to avoid any large scale confrontation As Kelly points out Attila was not the reason the Roman empire collapsed It was already faltering with many internal problems Attila cannot in any straightforward way be blamed for the fall of the Roman empire in the West Nor could he have foreseen it That said it could not have happened without him and without his unexpected death All in all the book makes for a very fascinating read The mysterious background of the Huns and the scant sources makes for interesting reading where we can only guess at many things The book does feel somewhat meandering at times and Kelly never really puts any serious emphasis anywhere on any situations or deaths so it s hard to really pinpoint what was really crucial in all this or what was really important Attila s death for example warrants only a few sentences But in the end a good book Recommended

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FREE READ È The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome He history of an astute politician and first rate military commander who brilliantly exploited the strengths and weaknesses of the Roman empire We ride with Attila and the Huns from the windswept steppes of Kazakhstan to the opulent city of Constantinople from the Great Hungarian Plain to the fertile fields of Champagne in France Christopher Kelly utilises a wealth of original texts including the only surviving account of the hist. When people hear the name Attila the Hun thoughts and ideas immediately come to mind both pro and con Some think of him as a ruthless barbarian who slaughtered without thought or mercy Others think of him as an impressive leader who was able bring an end to the greatest empire the world has ever known Christopher Kelly a professor of ancient history at Cambridge University and author of a couple of books on the Roman Empire presents a complete biography in The End of Empire of Attila the Hun while also educating readers on the downfall of Rome After finishing it readers will then be able to make their own assessment of the kind of man Attila truly wasKelly begins a little before the arrival of Attila setting the stage with a weakening Rome and what s going on with its infrastructure There are the barbarian tribes on the very border of the empire shunned and mistreated by the Romans causing attacks and uprisings Amidst these barbarian groups come the Huns from the distant steppes perhaps seeking a hospitable land Kelly is uick to point out what is known and what is speculation Kelly lays out Attila s history from birth his rise to power and issues with his brother Eventually he becomes ruler of the Huns launching attacks at Rome But Attila is a brilliant leader and strategist forming alliances and negotiating deals and treaties where necessary to initially protect his people but ultimately to gain the upper hand One gets the sense that perhaps Attila was doing this not only just for the Huns but the other barbarian groups who have been so shunned and mistreated by Rome Kelly takes the reader through years at a time advancing Attila s age and supplying important information and events eventually leading to the great ruler s death and the legacy he earned from his peopleThe End of Empire is a fascinating history book providing an in depth look at the causes and events with the fall of Rome and the incredible story of the man known as Attila His writing style is clear and easy to understand keeping the reader interested balanced with lots of photos and illustrations and the short chapters keep the reader focused until the end The End of Empire is a great biographical piece for readers looking not to get lost in the long drawn out debates of an old professor but to read an incredible story about a renowned and often misunderstood person that will keep them hooked until the very endFor reviews check out the BookBanter site

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FREE READ È The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome Orian who met Attila during a top secret assassination attempt This tale of espionage and counter intelligence is one of the most thrilling in the whole of Roman history Challenging our own ideas about barbarians and Romans imperialism and civilisation terrorists and superpowers this is the absorbing story of an extraordinary and complex individual who helped to bring down an empire and forced the map of Europe to be redrawn forev. It s almost beyond argument that the sudden appearance of the Huns in 4th century eastern Europe helped precipitate the fall of the Roman Empire The difficulty for any historian of the period is to tell the story of both Huns and Fall from the random scraps of literary and archaeological evidence that have survived antiuity Christopher Kelly b 1964 an Australian historian teaching at Cambridge writes well enough and makes good use of the slender extant materials especially the fragments of Priscus s History of Attila Following Priscus Kelly argues that Attila was not an irrational barbarian but a sophisticated ruler who played a clever hand in contemporary international politics This view is hardly revisionist Kelly s thesis might almost be summarized from The Columbia Encyclopedia 3rd edition 1963 The fear Attila inspired is clear from many accounts of his savagery but though undoubtedly harsh he was a just ruler to his own people He encouraged the presence of learned Romans at his court and was far less bent on devastation than other conuerors before and after him End of Empire seems aimed at the History Book Club sort of general reader and the uestion these folks will have to answer for themselves is the degree to which they are willing to put up with all the surmises perhapses and probablys almost necessary to creating a coherent extended narrative such as this one


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    SUMMARY The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome Free E–pub [The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome] By Christopher Kelly CHARACTERS ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Christopher Kelly Writing about Attila poses problems for the historian the only sources that really exist about him were written by those considered among his fiercest enemies namely the Romans The Romans essentially considered everything non Roman as barbarian The Huns then and especially Attila are remembered in popular culture and history as vile barbarians who only cared about murder and thievery In general little is really known about the

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    Free E–pub [The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome] By Christopher Kelly Christopher Kelly ☆ 0 FREE READ Well done and well researched history about Atilla the Hun and the end of the Western Roman Empire but not without its flaws Weird stylistic breaks happen throughout to go on page long tangents about archaeological discoveries or how such and

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    SUMMARY The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome Free E–pub [The End of Empire Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome] By Christopher Kelly CHARACTERS ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Christopher Kelly In the “End of Empire” Christopher Kelly insightfully dissected the stereotypical image of Attila The narrative was readable and effective Christopher Kelly provided a brief but excellent summary of Attila’s diplomatic political and military relationship with both the Western and Eastern Roman Empires The

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