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The Social History of Byzantium

The Social History of Byzantium

John Haldon (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-30590-6

Mar 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

328 pages

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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 vii

Foreword ix

List of Abbreviations xi

Maps xiii

1 Towards a Social History of Byzantium 1
John Haldon

2 Men, Women, Eunuchs: Gender, Sex, and Power 31
Liz James

3 Family Structure and the Transmission of Property 51
Angeliki E. Laiou

4 The Social Function of the Law 76
Bernard Stolte

5 Social Relations and the Land: The Early Period 92
Peter Sarris

6 Land and Power in the Middle and Later Period 112
Peter Frankopan

7 The Producing Population 143
Michel Kaplan

8 Social Élites, Wealth, and Power 168
John Haldon

9 Court Society and Aristocracy 212
Paul Magdalino

10 Church and Society: Iconoclasm and After 233
Michael Angold

11 A Monastic World 257
Alice-Mary Talbot

Glossary of Byzantine and Medieval Terms 279

Index 286

"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

  • 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