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Why Empires Fall : Rome, America and the Future of the West

John Rapley, Peter Heather
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published: May 30, 2024
ISBN: 9780141991160
208 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£10.99

What can the fall of Rome teach us about the decline of the West today? A historian and a political economist, both experts in their field, investigate

Over the last three centuries, the West rose to dominate the planet. Then, suddenly, around the turn of the millennium, history reversed. Faced with economic stagnation and internal political division, the West has found itself in rapid decline.

This is not the first time the global order has witnessed such a dramatic rise and fall. The Roman Empire followed a similar arc from dizzying power to disintegration – a fact that is more than a strange historical coincidence. In Why Empires Fall, historian Peter Heather and political economist John Rapley use this Roman past to think anew about the contemporary West, its state of crisis, and what paths we could take out of it.

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