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Utilizing new methodological and theoretical techniques, A spouse to Byzantium offers an outline of the Byzantine international from its inception in 330 A.D. to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

  • Provides an obtainable review of 11 centuries of Byzantine society
  • Introduces the latest scholarship that's remodeling the sphere of Byzantine studies
  • Emphasizes Byzantium's social and cultural background, in addition to its fabric culture
  • Explores conventional themes and subject matters via clean perspectives

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The Society’s 1995 Symposium (Cormack and Jeffreys 2000) explored British responses to Byzantium and underlines, along with the success of the latest international congress, both the concern to “display” a more positive view of Byzantium and its relevance for contemporary politics. FURTHER READING Assessments of Byzantine Studies today as a discipline can be found in the introductions and conclusions to many recent works: for example, Bowersock, Brown, Grabar (1999); CAH XIV (2000); Harris (2005); A.

The interaction of Byzantium with both the West and the Islamic world has influenced how it has been studied over the last one hundred and fifty years by Europeans and how it is now perceived in the new axis between Europe, America and Islam. In Europe, Byzantium is seen as peripheral, little studied in schools or universities, yet the need to explain the formation of Europe has encouraged reflection on questions of ethnicity and exploration of the integration of barbarian tribes into the Roman Empire (Pohl 1997; Ahrweiler and Laiou 1998; Mitchell and Greatrex 2000).

N. Granovsky at Moscow University: “We have taken over from Tsargrad [Constantinople] the best part of our national culture, namely, our religious beliefs and the beginnings of civilization … but besides these connections we are bound up with the fate of the Byzantine empire by the mere fact that we are Slavs …” (cf. Vasiliev 1952: 33). The field of Byzantine studies was 20 Fiona Haarer expanded by the works of V. G. Vasilievsky, N. P. Kondakov, and Th. I. Uspensky (Vasiliev 1952: 33–8), and after a period of neglect in the Soviet period, Byzantium is enjoying a period of nascent popularity.

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