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By Liz James

Utilizing new methodological and theoretical ways, A significant other to Byzantium offers 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 evaluate of 11 centuries of Byzantine society
  • Introduces the latest scholarship that's remodeling the sector of Byzantine studies
  • Emphasizes Byzantium's social and cultural historical past, in addition to its fabric culture
  • Explores conventional themes and topics via clean perspectives

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For most regions of the Byzantine world for most of its history we have no substantial documentary record of any sort whatsoever.

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 Belgian medieval historian, Henri Pirenne, considered the history and economy of post-Roman Europe while interned in a concentration camp during the First World War.

His Decline and Fall was published in three instalments in 1776, 1781, and 1788, and it is hard not to read it in the context of contemporary world politics—the American Revolution of 1776 and the subsequent fall of the first British Empire, and the French Revolution of 1789 (Momigliano 1980: 7). ). 308; Lossky 1966: 27; Womersley 2000: 152–5). In fact, Gibbon’s view was actually far more complex. His approach was not exclusively that of a classicist, and his work shows the influence of the philosophical and sociological ideas of his friends, Adam Smith and David Hume, and of two leading figures in Orientalism, Carsten Niebhur and Sir William Jones (Momigliano 1980: 8).

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