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Octavo, black boards (hardcover), gilt letters, xxv + 477 pp. Fine in a Fine, mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: This book is an excellent, up-to-date reassessment of the Byzantine empire during a crucial phase in the history of the Near East. Wellillustrated 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 Cliphate'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 emprie 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. No such wide-ranging work has appeared in English for nearly thirty years. The Making of Byzantium will be invaluable reading for all students of medieval history.
Title: The Making of Byzantium, 600 - 1025.
Location Published: Berkeley: University of California Press, (1996).
Categories: Ancient Civilization
Seller ID: 9370gcs