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The eastern Roman Empire was the largest state in western Eurasia in the sixth century. Only a century later, it was a fraction of its former size. Surrounded by enemies, ravaged by warfare and disease, the empire seemed destined to collapse. Yet it did not die. In this holistic analysis, John Haldon elucidates the factors that allowed the eastern Roman Empire to survive a ...more
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Published April 29th 2016 by Harvard University Press (first published February 1st 2016)
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This book tries to explain how the eastern Roman Empire also known as Byzantium managed to survive the Arab invasions between 640 and 740 A.D.

By 640 A.D. after prolonged but ultimately victorious war with Persians Byzantines under the emperor Heraclius recovered all the eastern territories lost previously to Persia. However, both empires were quite exhausted from constant warring.

It was at this time that tribes from Arabian peninsula became united under the new faith called Islam and started a
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Haldon's book attempts to tackle a simple, yet monumentally challenging question. Given the myriad existential challenges facing the Byzantine empire in the seventh century, how did the empire manage to hold on? In the introduction, Haldon notes five sets of factors that may have contributed to the survival of the Byzantine polity: "The role of beliefs and identity, the nature of the empire's elites, strategic geography, climate and environment, and organizational factors." These factors are the ...more
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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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