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Decadence and decay : from ancient Rome to the present

The fear of living in the end times has a long history. In Decadence and Decay, a group of distinguished international scholars describe how societies over time have handled and interpreted the concept of decline. In times of unrest and transition, declinism the notion that a culture or civilisation is headed towards irreversible decline tends to capture the public imagination.  The essays in this volume address how notions of decadence and decay have been used both as opprobrium and as a form of self-definition and empowerment an instrument to protect individualism against collectivistic oppression. From ancient Rome to the present, ideas and expressions of decadence and decay have played a critical role in how we perceive the world.

  • ISBN: 9789198523652
  • Published: 2019-10-04
  • Illustrated. 254x292x38 mm. 294 pages.
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Therese Melander


Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and Director of Civilisation Studies at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.


Professor of History, Colombia University, Department of History, New York, USA.

Andrew Huddleston is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

Andrew Preston is Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Clare College, where he is director of studies in history.

Daniela Cammack teaches political theory in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Senior Research Scholar in History, at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA.

Professor and American Environmental Historian, History Department, Georgetown University, USA.

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and Director of Civilisation Studies at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Professor, Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University, USA.

University Lecturer and Fellow in Later Roman History, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, UK.

Peter Heather is Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London.

Richard Miles is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology and Vice Provost at the University of Sydney.

Professor of Modern History and Co-Director, Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews.

Professorial Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute.

William O’Reilly teaches early modern history at the University of Cambridge and is Leibniz Professor of History at the German National Maritime Museum.

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