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Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society, 950-1100

Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society, 950-1100

by Leonora Neville


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Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society, 950-1100

Acting essentially to maintain power and collect taxes, the emperors of the Byzantine Empire (ca. 950-1100) did not attempt to govern provincial society. As a result, provincial households took advantage of this situation by competing for local control over each other whenever they could. This book describes the power-holders in the central provinces in a detailed comparison of the provincial strength of the imperial government and the mechanics of local authority.

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ISBN-13: 9780521838658
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2004
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Professor Leonora Neville is Professor of History at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. She has written various articles on Byzantine bureaucracy. She has held the Bliss Prize Fellowship.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Imperial administration and Byzantine political culture; 2. Activities of the imperial administration; 3. Provincial households; 4. Provincial households and the imperial administration; 5. Regulation of provincial society; 6. Contention and authority; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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