The Byzantines

The Byzantines

by Averil Cameron
     
 

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Byzantium occupies an uncertain place in European history. Though often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world, Byzantium belongs in the mainstream history of Europe and the Mediterranean; its impact is still felt throughout the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. This book introduces the reader to the complex history, ethnicity, and

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Byzantium occupies an uncertain place in European history. Though often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world, Byzantium belongs in the mainstream history of Europe and the Mediterranean; its impact is still felt throughout the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. This book introduces the reader to the complex history, ethnicity, and identity of the Byzantine empire.

The Byzantine world was also where early Islam and Christianity met, and the Byzantines engaged with and existed alongside Muslims, from the Arabs in the seventh century to the Ottoman Turks in the fifteenth. During its long history the size and shape of the Byzantine empire underwent many dramatic changes, and the pluralist world of late Byzantium was very different from that of the eastern Roman empire when Constantinople was founded in the fourth century AD. The world around it also changed dramatically during that time, yet Byzantine identity was both tenacious and distinctive. The tension between change and continuity in Byzantine society is one of the main themes explored in this book.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Byzantines is a welcome addition to the renewal of Byzantine Studies in contemporary academia." (Canadian Journal of History, winter 2009)

Winner of the 2006 John D. Criticos Prize

"Seeks consistently to place Byzantium in Context and to make the reader question fundamental preconceptions about the Byzantine empire." (Anglo-Hellenic Review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405198332
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Series:
Peoples of Europe Series, #13
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Winner of the 2006 John D. Criticos Prize

"Averil Cameron’s The Byzantines marks a welcome departure from most previous attempts to portray and characterize Byzantine civilization. The book focuses squarely on the people of the Byzantine Empire, their views of themselves and their culture, and how these changed over time. The result is a remarkably clear view of who the Byzantines were, and the book will contribute significantly to a restoration of Byzantium to its rightful place at the center of the historical tradition of Europe."
Timothy Gregory, Ohio State University

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