Help me learn new things in 2018 – The Fall of Rome/The Dark Ages (What should I read?)

I’m going to spend March learning about the Fall of Rome and the Dark Ages. You’ve already also given me some great ideas. I want to post them here, so you can help me prioritize what to read. If you think I’m missing something, please go tell me. I’m opening comments, or you can tweet me.

  1. The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000 (Chris Wickam)
  2. Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization (Ward-Perkins, and I already read it this month)
  3. The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians (Peter Heather)
  4. How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower (Adrian Goldsworthy)
  5. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (Jared Diamond)
  6. The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade (Susan Wise Bauer)
  7. The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (Kyle Harper)
  8. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century (Barbara Tuchman)
  9. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire (Judith Herrin)
  10. The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire (Edward Luttwack)

What do you all think? Any thoughts on the order? Am I missing something good?


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