by Walter Scheidel 

The gripping story of how the end of the Roman Empire was the beginning of the modern world

The fall of the Roman Empire has long been considered one of the greatest disasters in history. But in this groundbreaking book, Walter Scheidel argues that Rome’s dramatic collapse was actually the best thing that ever happened, clearing the path for Europe’s economic rise and the creation of the modern age. Ranging across the entire premodern world, Escape from Rome offers new answers to some of the biggest questions in history: Why did the Roman Empire appear? Why did nothing like it ever return to Europe? And, above all, why did Europeans come to dominate the world?

Interview with the Author

The Michael Shermer Show
122. Walter Scheidel – Escape from Rome: The Failure of the Empire and the Road to Prosperity
6/30/20         74 min

Tides of History
Why Rome Never Rose Again: An Interview with Professor Walter
9/18/19         48 min

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