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The making of Byzantium, 600-1025

Author: Mark Whittow
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is an excellent, up-to-date reassessment of the Byzantine empire during a crucial phase in the history of the Near East. Well illustrated with original maps, it covers the last decade of the Roman empire as a superpower of the ancient world, the crisis of the seventh century, and the means whereby its embattled Byzantine successor hung on in Constantinople and Asia Minor until the Abbasid Caliphate's
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Whittow
ISBN: 0520204964 9780520204966 0520204972 9780520204973
OCLC Number: 33361212
Description: xxv, 477 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS --
Sources for early medieval Byzantium --
The strategic geography of the near east --
The Roman world in 600 --
The fall of the old order --
How the Roman empire survived --
The shock of defeat --
The Byzantine response: on to the defensive --
The Byzantine empire and its non-Muslim neighbours, c. 600- c. 950 --
The age of reconquest, 863-976 --
The reign of Basil II, 976-1025.
Responsibility: Mark Whittow.
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This book is an excellent, up-to-date reassessment of the Byzantine empire during a crucial phase in the history of the Near East. Well illustrated with original maps, it covers the last decade of the Roman empire as a superpower of the ancient world, the crisis of the seventh century, and the means whereby its embattled Byzantine successor hung on in Constantinople and Asia Minor until the Abbasid Caliphate's decline opened up new perspectives for Christian power in the Near East. Chapters cover social and economic change, iconoclasm, the institutions of the Byzantine state, the military development that allowed the empire to strike back in the tenth century, the growing political tensions that led to civil war in the 970s and 980s, and the halt to further advance by that war's victor, Basil II.

The author gives full attention to the empire's neighbors, allies, and enemies. The origins of Russia, relations with the nomad power of the steppe world, the competition between Bulgars, Romans and Slavs in the Balkans, and the rich but frequently ignored world of the Transcaucasus are all given extended treatment.

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