Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity

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Princeton University Press
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6.4 X 9.3 X 2.2 inches | 2.8 pounds

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About the Author
Walter Scheidel is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and a Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University. His many books include The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Princeton). He lives in Palo Alto, California. Twitter @WalterScheidel
"Finalist for the PROSE Award in Archaeology and Ancient History, Association of American Publishers"
"One of the Evening Standard's Best Books of 2019"
"One of the Financial Times' Best Books of 2019: Economics"
"Scheidel marshals his facts with verve and force . . . . the abiding impression left by reading this book is not that human progress was inevitable - even at such a bloody cost - but that it was profoundly fragile."---Robert Colvile, The Times
"Scheidel makes a bracing case, backed by every counterfactual tool of contemporary scholarship, against resurgent European empire at any time. . . . What did the Romans do for us? Scheidel does not give the usual answers."---Peter Stothard, Financial Times
"Walter Scheidel's Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity is an outstanding, epic history of the fall of the Roman Empire and rise of the European West."---Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard
"Escape from Rome deserves to be taken very seriously . . . . this is a fiercely intelligent, closely argued book."---Peter Thonemann, Times Literary Supplement
"Thought-provoking. . . . Impressive."---P.G. Wallace, Choice Reviews
"A challenging, detailed and thought-provoking study of how the end of Rome benefited the West rather than the reverse."---Richard Owen, The Tablet
"Fascinating and arresting."---Stephen Davies, Reason Magazine
"A tour de force of world history."---Tony Jones, The Christian Century
"Insightful. . . an outstanding modern summation of a strand of research which goes back at least as far as Montesquieu and David Hume."---Mark Koyama, Journal of Economic Literature
"A sweeping academic survey comparing empires and eras. . . . Escape From Rome makes bold claims about the nature of empire and the roots of the modern world and backs them up with thoughtful analysis."---Dominic Lynch, America
"Escape from Rome is a well-written survey of an enormous literature on the history of the world. . . . It is fun and interesting to read. . . . An admirable book."---Peter Temin, EH.Net
"A stimulating, thought-provoking work that will be of interest to professional and lay readers alike."---Paolo Tedesco, Jacobin
"his book is a monument of sophisticated argument backed by an enormous amount of empirical data. It is an instant classic, one of the great books of the last quarter century."---European Journal of Sociology, John A. Hall
"Consistently fascinating. . . .[Scheidel's] explanations are ingenious, ranging from traditions regulating inheritance to the respective topographies of Europe and Asia."---Steven Simon, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy