Not always a bad thing when the Captains and Kings Depart!
I have several times been accused of posts longer than some blog-readers' attention span, so I will not inflict this 8 page opus on you. Besides, I think people should look at Common Review and subscribe, since it is a highly readable yet cultured magazine. The link below takes you to the pdf of my cover story in this issue, and the links below that allow you to buy the works mentioned, and help my sagging bottom line with commission from Amazon!
Nothing becomes an empire like its fall. We look upon its works with a sense of despair that such a mighty social edifice could fall so completely. Whether it is the Anglo-Saxon elegist on the ruins of the Roman city of
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Mohammed and Charlegmagne, by Henry Pirenne
Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors by Charles S. Maier
Europe After Rome by Julia Smith