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p. 1038. Decisive change?locked

p. 1038. Decisive change?locked

  • Gillian Clark


‘Decisive change?’ looks at the forces ranged against the Christian Roman empire — including Islam, the Saracens, Persians, and Arabs — and investigates the fall of Rome. The Arab conquest of Rome in the East and the coming of Islam has traditionally been used as a cut-off point for the history of late antiquity, but this is now debated. Did Mediterranean-wide trade really decline? Did religious divisions really weaken resistance to Arab invasions, and was Arab conquest sudden and overwhelming or was more it more about accommodation and compromise? How dramatic and how permanent did these changes seem to the people who lived through them

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