A Concise History of Byzantium

A Concise History of Byzantium

Paperback European History in Perspective

By (author) Warren Treadgold


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 287 pages
  • Dimensions: 139mm x 216mm x 16mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke, England
  • ISBN 10: 0333718305
  • ISBN 13: 9780333718308
  • Illustrations note: 12 ILLUSTRATIONS, 6 MAPS, BIBL
  • Sales rank: 946,501

Product description

Between 285 AD, when Byzantium first separated from the Western Roman Empire, and 1461, when the last Byzantine splinter state disappeared, the Byzantine state and society underwent many crises, triumphs, declines, and recoveries. Spanning twelve centuries and three continents, the Byzantine empire linked the ancient and modern worlds, shaping and transmitting Greek, Roman, and Christian traditions--including the Greek classics, Roman law, and Christian theology--that remain vigorous today, not only in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, but throughout western civilization. This book examines the causes behind Byzantium's successes, failures, and remarkable longevity. The author explains the paradoxes of Byzantium's long history by showing how Byzantine political leadership, military strategy, cultural attitudes, and social, institutional, and demographic changes combined with the strengths and weaknesses of the empire's enemies. Both a history and an adventure story, "A Concise History of Byzantium" will inform, entertain, and delight readers.

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Author information

Warren Treadgold is Professor of Late Ancient and Byzantine History at Saint Louis University.

Review quote

"This is an excellent general history of a still under appreciated people and of their contributions to the modern world." "--Booklist"

Table of contents

Preface Introduction The Formation of Byzantium, 285-457 Conquest and Crisis, 457-602 Catastrophe and Containment, 602-780 Recovery and Reconquest, 780-1025 Wealth and Weakness, 1025-1204 Restoration and Fall, 1204-1461 Conclusion Bibliography List of Emperors and Patriarchs of Constantinople Index