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By Liz James

Utilizing new methodological and theoretical methods, A spouse to Byzantium provides an summary of the Byzantine international from its inception in 330 A.D. to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

  • Provides an available review of 11 centuries of Byzantine society
  • Introduces the latest scholarship that's reworking the sector of Byzantine studies
  • Emphasizes Byzantium's social and cultural historical past, in addition to its fabric culture
  • Explores conventional subject matters and issues via clean perspectives

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The opening of modern boundaries in Europe has led historians to focus on aspects of late antiquity they believe show the same fluidity (A. M. Cameron 2002: 176). Writing Histories of Byzantium: the Historiography of Byzantine History 13 Although a Marxist interpretation of events was not comprehensively adopted, acceptance that the collapse of the Roman Empire may not have been the result of the barbarian invasions of the third century onwards allowed the date of decline to be pushed later and led to yet another model for the fall of the Empire: the Pirenne Thesis.

The Sack of Constantinople in 1204 changed the shape of the Western medieval world as the Christian forces of the Fourth Crusade effectively destroyed the Christian empire of Byzantium as a major power (Angold 2003). The Latin Empire of Constantinople lasted until 1261. Three “empires in exile,” in Epiros, Trebizond and Nicaea, were established by the Byzantines in opposition to the Latins; it was the emperor in Nicaea who regained Constantinople and re-established a much shrunken and relatively ineffectual Byzantine empire, ruled for much of the period by the Palaeologan family until 1453 (Laiou in Jeffreys, Haldon, Cormack (eds) 2008: 280–94; Angold 1975; Barker 1969).

J. W. Hawkins, and Cyril Mango. Scholars such as Richard Goodchild, Martin Harrison, and Elizabeth Rosenbaum were able to take advantage of Britain’s occupation of Libya after the Second World War, and the establishment of the British Institute at Ankara in 1948 and the British Institute at Amman in 1978 encouraged the pursuit of fieldwork in Turkey and Jordan (Winfield 2000). The Triumph of Byzantium: Byzantine Studies from the 1950s A number of comprehensive histories of Byzantium which considered questions of decline and fall were produced (or translated into English) in the 1950s (Stein 1949–59; Vasiliev 1952; Jones 1955; Boak 1955; Ostrogorsky 1956; Mazzarino 1959).

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