EUROPE: CATASTROPHE AND REVIVAL - THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE - Part 1
Paul W Kroll
The heritage of the Roman Empire was given to Europe. It has lived for centuries as the fabled phoenix bird, pictured above. Consumed in fire by its own terrible acts, Europe has periodically risen in youthful freshness from the ashes of a disintegrated unity. As you read this article, thirteen men, representatives of the nine European Common Market countries, toil and wrestle with the problems of creating a "European union" by 1980. Few people realize, however, that what has been taking shape in Europe for a generation is not a unique event for the Continent. There have been a handful of such outstanding periods when Europe was uniting or united in some fashion.
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