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The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c. 500–1492

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Byzantium lasted a thousand years, ruled to the end by self-styled 'emperors of the Romans'. It underwent kaleidoscopic territorial and structural changes, yet recovered repeatedly from disaster: even after the near-impregnable Constantinople fell in 1204, variant forms of the empire reconstituted themselves. The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500–1492 tells the story, tracing political and military events, religious controversies and economic change. It offers clear, authoritative chapters on the main events and periods, with more detailed chapters on outlying regions and neighbouring societies and powers of Byzantium. With aids such as maps, a glossary, an alternative place-name table and references to English translations of sources, it will be valuable as an introduction. However, it also offers stimulating new approaches and important findings, making it essential reading for postgraduates and for specialists. The revised paperback edition contains a new preface by the editor and will offer an invaluable companion to survey courses in Byzantine history.

The most detailed and authoritative single-volume account of Byzantine history to date

This book is written by a strong team of leading international scholars, each an expert in his or her own field

Provides even coverage across the whole history of the Byzantine Empire, offering both narrative and in-depth analysis

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Shepard Jonathan
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Jonathan Shepard was a University Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge. Co-author of The Emergence of Rus (1996) with Simon Franklin, with whom he also co-edited Byzantine Diplomacy (1992), some of his many articles appear in Emergent Elites and Byzantium (2011). Edited volumes include The Expansion of Orthodox Europe (2007), Byzantium and the Viking World (with Fedir Androshchuk and Monica White, 2016), Imperial Spheres and the Adriatic (with Mladen Ancic and Trpimir Vedriš, 2017), and Viking-Age Trade (with Jacek Gruszczynski and Marek Jankowiak, 2019), and forthcoming volumes include Muslims on the Volga (with Luke Treadwell) and Political Culture in Three Spheres: Byzantium, Islam and the West (with Catherine Holmes et al.).

General introduction Jonathan Shepard

Part I. The Earlier Empire (c.500–c.700):
1. Justinian and his legacy (500–600) Andrew Louth
2. Eastern neighbours
2.1. Persia and the Sasanian monarchy (224–651) Zeev Rubin
2.2. Armenia (400–600) R. W. Thomson
2.3. The Arabs to the time of the Prophet Lawrence I. Conrad
3. Western approaches (500–600) John Moorhead
4. Byzantium transforming (600–700) Andrew Louth
Part II. The Middle Empire (c.700–1204):
5. State of emergency (700–850) Marie-France Auzépy
6. After iconoclasm (850–886) Shaun Tougher
7. Religious missions Sergey A. Ivanov
8. Armenian neighbours (600–1045) T. W. Greenwood
9. Confronting Islam: emperors versus caliphs (641–c.850) Walter E. Kaegi
10. Western approaches (700–900) Michael McCormick
11. Byzantine Italy (680–876) Thomas S. Brown
12. The middle Byzantine economy (600–1204) Mark Whittow
13. Equilibrium to expansion (886–1025) Jonathan Shepard
14. Western approaches (900–1025) Jonathan Shepard
15. Byzantium and southern Italy (876–1000) G. A. Loud
16. Belle époque or crisis? (1025–1118) Michael Angold
17. The empire of the Komnenoi (1118–1204) Paul Magdalino
18. Balkan borderlands (1018–1204) Paul Stephenson
19. Raiders and neighbours: the Turks (1040–1304) D. A. Korobeinikov
Part III. The Byzantine Lands in the Later Middle Ages (1204–1492):
20. After the Fourth Crusade:
20.1. The Greek rump states and the recovery of Byzantium Michael Angold
20.2. The Latin empire of Constantinople and the Frankish states David Jacoby
21. Balkans powers: Albania, Serbia and Bulgaria (1200–1300) Alain Ducellier
22. The Palaiologoi and the world around them (1261–1400) Angeliki E. Laiou
23. Latins in the Aegean and the Balkans (1300–1400) Michel Balard

24. The Roman orthodox world (1393–1492) Anthony Bryer.

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