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A Social History of Byzantium

John Haldon (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3240-4
328 pages
December 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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With original essays by leading scholars, this book explores the social history of the medieval eastern Roman Empire and offers illuminating new insights into our knowledge of Byzantine society.
  • Provides interconnected essays of original scholarship relating to the social history of the Byzantine empire
  • Offers groundbreaking theoretical and empirical research in the study of Byzantine society
  • Includes helpful glossaries of sociological/theoretical terms and Byzantine/medieval terms
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Notes on Contributors.

Foreword.

List of Abbreviations.

Maps.

1. Towards a Social History of Byzantium (John Haldon, Princeton University).

2. Men, Women, Eunuchs: Gender, Sex and Power (Liz James, University of Sussex).

3. Family Structure and the Transmission of Property (Angeliki Laiou, University of Harvard).

4. The Social Function of the Law (Bernard Stolte, University of Groningen).

5. Social Relations and the Land: The Early Period (Peter Sarris, University of Cambridge).

6. Land and Power in the Middle and Later Period (Peter Frankopan, University of Oxford).

7. The Producing Population (Michel Kaplan, University of Paris 1).

8. Social Élites, Wealth and Power (John Haldon, Princeton University).

9. Court Society and Aristocracy (Paul Magdalino, University of St Andrews).

10. The Church and Society (Michael Angold, University of Edinburgh).

11. A Monastic World (Alice-Mary Talbot, Dumbarton Oaks).

Glossary of Byzantine/Medieval Terms.

Index.

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John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of late Roman and Byzantine social, economic, and institutional history. His books include Warfare, State, and Society in the Byzantine World (1999), Byzantium: A History (2000), Byzantium at War (2002) and The Oxford Handbook of Byzantium Studies (editor with E. Jeffreys and R. Cormack, 2008).
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  • Provides interconnected essays of original scholarship relating to the social history of the Byzantine empire
  • Offers groundbreaking theoretical and empirical research in the study of Byzantine society
  • Includes helpful glossaries of sociological/theoretical terms and Byzantine/medieval terms
See More
"Until now, the social history of Byzantium has remained a neglected field. Professor John Haldon has put together a team of leading international Byzantinists, each of whom addresses his or her own specialised area. The book will be a critical tool for anyone who wants to understand Byzantium."
Averil Cameron, University of Oxford

"The great merit of this volume is its openness to larger methodological debates about socio-economic history and state structures. For the first time in a comprehensive study, Byzantine society is treated as an integral part of the world history of the Middle Ages."
Claudia Rapp, University of California, Los Angeles

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