A Concise History of Byzantium
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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 273 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • MacMillan Education UK
  • Palgrave
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • 12 ILLUSTRATIONS, 6 MAPS, BIBL
  • 0333718305
  • 9780333718308
  • 599,751

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

About W Treadgold

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

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 Indexshow more