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How the Irish Saved Civilization Summary
Thomas Cahill

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How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill shows how humane evangelists prepare in remote, Stone Age Ireland the corps of literate "White Martyrs" that reintroduce to medieval Europe eleven centuries of culture that fall along with the Roman Imperium. Without this effort, now forgotten outside Ireland, modern civilization would be markedly different.

How the Irish Saved Civilization first sets the background for the accomplishment by characterizing the late Roman Empire in the year 406 CE, as Germanic barbarians confront Roman legions on the Rhine. The Romans cannot conceive their way of life ending, for the core has stood nearly eleven centuries and it stretches around the Mediterranean and into Gaul and Britain. The hordes want only farmlands to feed their expanding population. Besieged in North Africa, St. Augustine of Hippo is the first of many high minds to ask why it is happening; while in Bordeaux...

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