Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Mark Whittow
    Pages 1-14
  3. Mark Whittow
    Pages 15-37
  4. Mark Whittow
    Pages 38-68
  5. Mark Whittow
    Pages 69-95
  6. Mark Whittow
    Pages 96-133
  7. Mark Whittow
    Pages 134-164
  8. Mark Whittow
    Pages 165-193
  9. Mark Whittow
    Pages 310-357
  10. Mark Whittow
    Pages 358-390
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 391-477

About this book


The book is a clear, up-to-date, reassessment of the Byzantine empire during a crucial phase in the history of the Near East. Against a geopolitical background (well-illustrated with 14 maps), it covers the last decade of the Roman empire as a superpower of the ancient world, the catastrophic 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. Not confined to any narrow definition of Byzantine history, the empire's neighbours, allies and enemies in Europe and Asia also receive extensive treatment.


ancient world bibliography Byzantine Byzantine Empire Byzantine history Constantinople crisis empire Europe event history history of literature literature Medieval Literature Middle Ages

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