The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, C. 500 to 1050: The Early Middle Ages

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Edinburgh University Press, 2011 - History - 365 pages
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This volume traces the social, economic and political history of the Greeks between 500 and 1050. The book adopts an interdisciplinary approach and uses archaeological evidence, as well as coins and seals, fiscal documents, medieval chronicles, and hagiographic literature to examine the development of Greek culture in the early medieval period. Several themes provide the foundation for this volume and run through the chapters; these include the Balkan context, the Social Role of the Army and the Onset of Economic Growth. Special attention is paid to the size of the economy in early medieval Greece. Both the social and the economic are privileged and analyzed together as integrally connected spheres of life, thus filling a major gap in existing literature on this period.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
army church and countryside
13
CHAPTER 2 Collapse or adaptation? The problem of the urban decline in late antique Greece
48
CHAPTER 3 Invasion or inflation? Hoards and barbarians in sixth and early seventhcentury Greece
68
CHAPTER 4 DarkAge Greece c 620 to c 800
97
CHAPTER 5 Revival and expansion c 800 to c 900
135
CHAPTER 6 The beginning of prosperity c 900 to c1050
166
CHAPTER 7 Early medieval Greece and the Middle Byzantine economy
209
CHAPTER 8 Social structures and Byzantine administration in early medieval Greece
230
CHAPTER 9 Christianity in early medieval Greece
249
the people of early medieval Greece
276
Bibliography
298
Index
354
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Florin Curta is Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Florida.

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