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Byzantium in the Seventh Century: The Transformation of a Culture

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This book presents the first analytical account in English of major developments within Byzantine culture, society and the state in the crucial formative period from c.610-717. The seventh century saw the final collapse of ancient urban civilization and municipal culture, the rise of Islam, the evolution of patterns of thought and social structure that made imperial ...more
Paperback, 524 pages
Published November 27th 2003 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1990)
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A scholarly book, that is slightly more pricey to buy, and probably only available in a research library, but it is a fabulous eye opener to read. We all knew at some point, the last remnants of the classical roman empire disappeared, but colloquially people never know exactly when or how, and just figured "it must've happened slowly and no one noticed". Well this book details exactly when and how it happened, and that people, at least in Byzantium, noticed. It talks about the collapse of ...more
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Dec 13, 2013 Peter Harrison rated it it was amazing
A wonderful investigation of the changes in Byzantium during the 7th century from a historical materialist perspective. The section on art particularly is very valuable.
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John Haldon is Shelby Cullom Davis '30 Professor of European History, and Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies. He has been Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department since July 2009. His research centers on the socio-economic, institutional, political and cultural history of the early and middle Byzantine empire from the seventh to the eleventh centuries. He also works ...more
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