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A History of the Byzantine State and Society


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Introduction Part I. The Enlarged State and the Burdened Society: 1. The refoundation of the Empire, 284-337 2. The state under strain, 337-395 3. The danger of barbarization, 395-457 4. The formation of Byzantine society, 284-457 Part II. The Interrupted Advance: 5. The eastern recovery, 457-518 6. The reconquests and the plague, 518-565 7. The danger of overextension, 565-610 8. A divided society, 457-610 Part III. The Contained Catastrophe: 9. Two fights for survival, 610-668 10. The war of attrition, 668-717 11. The passing of the crisis, 717-780 12. The shrinking of society, 610-780 Part IV. The Long Revival: 13. Internal reforms, 780-842 14. External gains, 842-912 15. The gains secured, 912-963 16. The great conquests, 963-1025 17. The expansion of society, 780-1025 Part V. The Weak State and the Wealthy Society: 18. Erratic government, 1025-1081 19. Improvised reconstruction, 1081-1143 21. A restless society, 1025-1204 Part VI. The Failed Restoration: 22. The successor states, 1204-1261 23. The restored empire, 1261-1328 24. The breakdown, 1328-1391 25. The end of Byzantine independence, 1391-1461 26. The separation of society from state, 1204-1461 Conclusion Appendix Abbreviations Bibliographical survey Endnotes Index.

About the Author

Warren Treadgold is Professor of History at Florida International University. He is the author of, most recently, Byzantium and Its Army, 284-1081 (Stanford, 1995).


"A vivid story of Byzantium's existence over the span of 1,100 years... Drawing on the latest scholarship and written for both the general reader and the scholar, this work may well become the standard English-language history of Byzantium." - Library Journal "Fluently written for the general reader - few will tire of its 850 pages of text - its coherent account reflects the most up-to-date scholarship." - Los Angeles Times Book Review

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