20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module will explore one of the classic problems of world history, conventionally seen in terms of 'decline and fall', but recently reinterpreted in a more positive light with a new emphasis on 'transition', 'transformation', and the cultural diversity of a period now generally known as Late Antiquity. These themes will be explored through a lively historiographical debate, backed up with a wide range of informative and entertaining primary sources. Students will acquire a good general awareness of the last century of the western Roman empire, but will also explore a number of important comparative themes in history such as authority, community and identity, why empires exist, and how they end. No prior knowledge of the period is required.

Restrictions on availability: Requires a pass in two History modules at Level 1

Staff Contact: SHAW JAMES E
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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