Antonio Santosuosso:

"Storming the Heavens" (2004)

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In this analysis of the military reasons for the collapse of the Roman Empire, the Italian-Canadian historian Antonio Santosuosso points the finger to democratization of the Roman army: at some point the Roman empire was so stretched out that it had to start enrolling soldiers from both the lower classes (that were less faithful to the ideals of the Empire) and from the very barbarians who had settled within the borders of the Empire. This process eventually created a new network of allegiances that dispossessed the central power and empowered the warlords.