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Decline in History James Thomson

Decline in History By James Thomson

Decline in History by James Thomson


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aeo An introductory and comparative textbook which examines the decline of history. aeo Focuses primarily on the decline of European Civilizations from the Ancient world to the present day. aeo Includes several detailed case--studies such as chapters on Ancient Rome, Byzantine, Spain and Portugal.

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Decline in History: The European Experience by James Thomson

The study of decline in history deserves as much attention as progress, and yet there are very few comparative studies available. This book fills that gap. Drawing on the works of Immanuel Wallerstein, Fernand Braudel, Michael Mann and Jonathan Israel to inform his approach, Thomson examines the experience of decline in history with particular reference to Europe. He argues that the history of Afro--Asian and European civilizations has been characterized by a slow diffusion of cultural and technical skills which has occasioned repeated cycles of progress and decline. The European variant of this dynamic was shaped by its unique qualities of political pluralism and economic dynamism, resulting in declines that were a microa rather than a macroa in character. Thomson develops his argument through a structured narrative of economic and technical change in European history from the fall of Rome and the decline of Byzantium to Italya s declines and to those of Portugal and Spain. Within Spain, the decline of Castile is distinguished from those of Andalucia and Aragon; Thomson shows that the final decline of Andalucia and Aragon in the seventeenth century, rather than being a specifically Spanish crisis, was part of a general upheaval affecting the whole of the western Mediterranean and much of central Europe. Wide--ranging and clearly written, Decline in History will be an invaluable text for students of European and comparative history.

Decline in History Reviews

James Thomsona s Decline in History offers an original approach to its subject, combining boldness in conception with care in execution and a lucid exposition with the capacity to draw distinctions wherever they are necessary. The author, a well--known specialist on Mediterranean history, is clearly in command of his material, he is analytic and comparative, and his conclusions are as fresh as they are judicious. This is an ideal book to set students thinking. Professor Peter Burke, Emmanuel College, Cambridge This is an unusual and challenging book. James Thomson has chosen to study what to many will seem an unfashionable theme -- economic decline -- and his approach is ambitiously broad and comparative, from the great ancient empires, via Byzantium to Italy, Portugal and Spain. His study will be of undoubted value to university students through his clear outline of the main theses of historians and social scientists with a comparative approach, in particular Braudel, Wallerstein, Jonathan Israel and Michael Mann, but equally through his valuable discussion of why the different Italian and Iberian economies declined. Stuart Woolf, Universita caa Foscari de Venezia His thesis is a bold one and will not commmand universal assent, but the theory is certainly stimulating and Thomsona s contribution to discussion over decline is much to be welcomed. Jeremy Black, University of Exeter Thomsona s theory is certainly stimulating, and his contribution to discussion over decline is much to be welcomed. Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, Brilla s journals

About James Thomson

J. K. J. Thomson is Reader in History, School of European Studies, University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. Braudela s Mediterranean. 2. a World Economya and a World Timea . 3. The a Risea of Europe. 4. Byzantium: Declines in the Transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. 5. Italian Declines. 6. Iberian Declines. 7. Decline in European History. Notes. Index.

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GOR004452079
9780745614250
0745614256
Decline in History: The European Experience by James Thomson
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Polity Press
19981122
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