By Jonathan Shepard
Byzantium lasted one thousand years, governed to the tip by way of self-styled 'emperors of the Romans'. It underwent kaleidoscopic territorial and structural adjustments, but recovered time and again from catastrophe: even after the near-impregnable Constantinople fell in 1204, version different types of the empire reconstituted themselves. The Cambridge background of the Byzantine Empire tells the tale, tracing political and army occasions, spiritual controversies and fiscal swap. It bargains transparent, authoritative chapters at the major occasions and sessions, with extra targeted chapters on specific outlying areas, neighbouring powers or features of Byzantium. With aids similar to a thesaurus, an alternate place-name desk and references to English translations of resources, it will likely be invaluable as an advent. besides the fact that, it additionally bargains stimulating new ways and critical new findings, making it crucial interpreting for postgraduates and for experts.
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217–18; Sevˇ Magdalino (2000b); pp. 149–52. For Skylitzes’ sense of virtual ‘home counties’ of the ‘Romans’ in the vicinity of Constantinople itself, see Bonarek (2003). I N T R O D U C T I O N – PA RT i i PERIODISATION AND THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK jon at han s he pard when did byz antium end – or begin? Byzantium is an elusive phenomenon because so many of its constituent parts altered in place and over time. The overarching fac¸ade of the imperial order remained, with certain fixed points: religious doctrine, use of the Greek language, and the City of Constantinople itself.
2a, 2b, 2c, 7. See, for example, Liebeschuetz (2001); Cameron, Averil (2002b); Brown, P. (2003); Ward-Perkins (2005); Heather (2005); Wickham (2005). The question of whether conditions in the Germanic kingdoms were more violent than in the empire preceding them, together with comparison with the eastern empire, feature in contributions to Drake et al. ) (2006). 26 general introd uction west are a key theme of this work, but the dissolution of empire in the west has distinctive, often quite local, explanations.
For the impact of Christianisation on the family, see Giardina (2000). 8 Gray (1979); Allen (2000), pp. 814–16; Gray (2005), pp. 221–5. 24 general introd uction communities and regions. The onset of the new religion in its various guises has been much discussed in recent English-speaking scholarship and might seem to provide grounds for studying the Christianising empire of the fifth and sixth centuries en bloc. 9 These institutions remained in working order across much of the eastern empire throughout the fifth century, and the continuing pax romana rested on impressive reserves of military manpower, coordinated to awesome effect.
The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500-1492 by Jonathan Shepard