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History of the Byzantine State

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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 ...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Rutgers University Press (first published 1940)
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Paul Bryant
Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Edward Gibbon, undisputed world heavyweight champion of the lofty put-down, wasn't a fan of the Byzantine Empire.

The division of the Roman world between the sons of Theodosius marks the final establishment of the Empire of the east, which, from the reign of Arcadius to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks subsisted 1058 years in a state of premature and permanent decay.

The subjects of the Byzantine empire, who assume and dishonour the names both of Greeks and Romans, present a dead uniformi
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Giuseppe
Anni '80. A scuola si studiava l'Impero Bizantino in relazione alla storia romana. Dopo la caduta dell'Impero di Occidente, giusto una spruzzata di Giustiniano, i domini bizantini in Italia fino al X sec. e poi nulla piú. Dopodiché ti trovavi di colpo un Oriente completamente musulmano in mano agli ottomani. Insomma poche informazioni e piuttosto nebulose che creavano un enorme buco nero riguardo alla storia dei territori in questione.
2013. Mi viene la sagace idea di visitare, come viaggio estiv
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Dvd (buonanotte popolo)
Molto interessante.
Per quanto può essere interessante l'aggrovigliata storia millenaria dell'Impero Romano d'Oriente, sospesa fra momenti di grandezza imperiale (nel vero senso della parole) e crisi infinite, incomprensibili e infinite dispute religiose e pragmatica amministrazione del territorio.
Pur seguendo vie del tutto autonome, anche l'Impero Bizantino si andò medievalizzando andando ad assumere forme sempre più simili al sistema feudale dell'Occidente, perdendo in questo la sua forza (mili
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Κώστας Ρο
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ολοκληρωμένη και πολύ καλογραμμένη Ιστορία του Βυζαντίου, μιας εποχής που μας έχει διαμορφώσει και από την οποία θα μπορούσαμε να αντλούμε στοιχεία εθνικής ταυτότητας. Αντί αυτού το συκοφαντούμε και το απορίπτουμε ως σκοταδιστικό.

Πολύ πλούσια ιστορία και πολιτισμός, με τα πάνω του και τα κάτω του, όπως κάθε αυτοκρατορία. Θα έπρεπε να απασχολεί κάθε Ελληνα που ενδιαφέρεται για την εθνική του ταυτότητα και την ιστορική της συνέχεια και πορεία.

Για όσους ενδιαφέρονται, η ιστορία του Οστρογκόρσκυ ε
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Fer
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book a few years ago when I was documenting for a roleplay game set in the years before the First Crusade.
I am only an amateur enthusiast of history, so my initial knowledge about the intricacies of the Byzantine Empire were very superficial. This book has served as an introduction to this period of history, and as a source of organized and moderately deep information. As well as a guide for further study.
Even to this day is my reference book on the Eastern Empire. Its comprehensiv
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sologdin
Very metal. Comprehensive, sober scholarship. Includes survey of documentary evidence underlying each section. Paperback is missing all of the maps in the hardback. Perfect otherwise.

Runs from Constantine the Great through the conquest of the City of Men's Desires.

Title is accurate, as it is primarily a political history in the standard manner, with attention to major personalities, institutions, and processes.
Lawrence Gottlieb
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The standard against which all histories of Byzantium are measured.
Elda Adele
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Testo fondamentale per studiosi e non, unico viaggio ormai possibile in un mondo estinto, come nessun film mai potrà raccontarvelo
Stephen
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic overview of the Byzantine State from its inception through its fall to the Turks - especially illuminating is the enumeration and evaluation of extant primary sources at the beginning of each section.
Marin
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I read in a long time, strongly recommended to anyone who wants to acquire a profound knowledge of this great Empire, its history and its administrative system and culture as well. Perfect for getting in touch with some less known aspects of East Roman Empire and also provides a basis for more thorough researsch for those striving for more. Exceptionally well written, by non-fiction standards.
Nicolas Valin
Este trabajo comienza dando un panorama general de la evolución de los estudios de la historia bizantina a lo largo de las épocas. En el primer capítulo se intenta especificar los rasgos generales del desarrollo del Estado Bizantino Temprano (324-610) así como las épocas de las invasiones y la obra de restauración de Justiniano. En el segundo capítulo se trata: la lucha por la excelencia del Imperio Bizantino y la renovación del Estado, las invasiones árabes, la salvación de Constantinopla, la p ...more
CJSilvie
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: byzantine
The must read book of Byzantine history. This is not a book for specific interests, for example Runciman's 'The Fall of Constantinople 1453' gives a much more detailed and emotive account of the final years. Ostrogorsky deals with the hard facts painstakingly researched and although this may not appeal to some, his work is as wholly comprehensive as you can expect from a book covering a thousand or so years of history. A history, which is sadly not common knowledge.

This does not however mean th
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Scott Parker
Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Three stars is just an average - if you're interested at all in the history of this part of the world, this is a five-star book. If not, well, you should read something else.

Byzantium was an empire carved out of a rock and a hard place. Constantly bordered by rival states that basically wanted it gone, its history is tumultuous. Yet its impact on the region was huge and can be seen throughout the Mediterranean. Viewed as an Eastern state by Europe and as a European state by its Middle-Eastern ne
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Eadweard
Amazingly engrossing book that covers the entire history of the Eastern Roman/Byzantine Empire, from its founding to its fall to the Turks roughly a thousand years later.

After finishing this book, I know infinitely more than I used to before, and it definitely made me want to read up more on specific eras and emperors. It's a downer knowing what would eventually happen in the end. After reading so much about its struggles for survival, and some times the years of splendor and might it succeeded
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Glenn Robinson
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fascinating book about an important empire that the West does not know much about. For over 1000 years, this State ruled the Eastern Mediterranean. This starts from before the division of the Roman Empire to soon after the fall to the Ottomans. Rulers came and went, invaders came, won and lost. Religious leaders squabbled. Tax systems were effective and not. The military was effective and then not. A fascinating empire to learn on how not to maintain a strong state. Those that do not know histor ...more
Howard White
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
What Edward Gibbon is to ancient Rome, Ostrogorsky is to Rome's successor state, the Greek, Christian eastern portion of the Roman Empire that scholars titled the Byzantine Empire.
Keith
Apr 30, 2008 rated it liked it
A must for anyone serious about Byzantium, but good grief, the driest book ever written.
Andra Mirri
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to know more about Bysantium
I bought it and I read it
I was more than satisfied
Ned
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
once again I have an older edition (684 pp!) and have only read two-thirds of it. Undisplaced!
Özgür Göndiken
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll comment later.
Paula Mott
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Informative but dry...
l.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bit dry, but it's pretty comprehensive. I feel that some of the gaps in my knowledge (chasms, really) have been filled.
Anatolikon
byzantium, byz-la-ema-owned
Suzanne
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
A heavy tome, well worth having in your library.
Makomai
un classico. Sara' pure datato, ma resta uno dei migliori studi su Bisanzio. Peccato per la leggibilita'...
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Ostrogorsky was born at Saint Petersburg, Russia, the son of a secondary school principal and a writer on pedagogical subjects.

He completed his secondary education in a St. Petersburg classical gymnasium and thus acquired knowledge of Greek early in life. He began his university studies in Heidelberg, Germany (1921), where he devoted himself initially to philosophy, economics, and sociology, thoug
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