What Happened in History Author:Gordon Childe History as we understand it covers only one-hundredth part of the life-span of the human race till now. In this book, Professor Childe goes back to the first evidence of mankind; he explains comprehensively almost all that is known of man from the Paleolithic food gatherers to the Roman Empire builders. Although he traces the history of econom... more »ics, religion, art and science, there is a pattern in the welter of facts and a fascinating story.
Finally he shows that the cause of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was economic rather than moral-or entirely due to the depredations of the barbarians-as has been generally maintained. In its last stages the Empire was totalitarian, and it collapsed internally as all totalitarians states have done.« less