A Concise History of Byzantium

A Concise History of Byzantium

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Between AD 285, 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 through western civilisation.
This book examines the causes behind Byzantium's successes, failures and remarkable longevity. The author shows 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 to explain the paradoxes of Byzantium's long history.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 20.32mm | 370g
  • Red Globe Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • 288 p.
  • 0333718305
  • 9780333718308
  • 1,149,421

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

WARREN TREADGOLD is Professor of Late Ancient and Byzantine History at Saint Louis University in the USA.
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