History of the Byzantine State

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Rutgers University Press, 1969 - History - 624 pages

With clarity and logic, George Ostrogorsky succinctly traces the intricate thousand-year course of the Byzantine Empire. While his emphasis is on political development, he gives extensive consideration to social, esthetic, economic, and ecclesiastical factors as well. He also illuminates the Empire's links with classical antiquity, as well as its effect on contemporaneous and subsequent European and Near Eastern history. The author captures the full sweep, the grandeur, and the tragic course of Byzantium's rise and fall, backed by the scholarship and authority of a lifetime devoted to its study.

Long recognized as the basic history of the Byzantine Empire, this masterful work incorporates the results of the vast expansion in Byzantine research in recent years. This edition has been completely retranslated by Professor Joan Hussey from the third German edition. The text and annotation have been expanded by over seventy pages, with more than double the number of illustrations, and additional reference tables and lists.

 

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Contents

INTRoDUCTION The Development of Byzantine Studies
1
ITS DEVELOPMENT
21
The Christian Roman Empire
27
The age of the migrations and the Christological con
50
Justinians work of restoration and its collapse
68
THE STRUGGLE For ExISTENCE AND THE REVIVAL
87
the last years
110
The saving of Constantinople and the development
123
THE GOLDEN AGE of THE Byzantine EMPIRE 8431025 2
210
GoverNMENT BY THE CIVIL ARISTOCRACY of
316
Political collapse at home and abroa
341
THE RULE of THE MILITARY ARISTocRACY 10811204
351
The further expansion of Byzantine power and
375
The change of policy under Andronicus Comnenus
394
The collapse
401
THE DECLINE AND FALL of THE Byzantine EMPIRE
466

The downfall of the Heraclian dynasty
140
THE AGE of THE Iconoclast CRISIs 711843
147

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