The Byzantine Economy

Author: Angeliki E. Laiou
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139465755
Release Date: 2007-09-20
Genre: History

This is a concise survey of the economy of the Byzantine Empire from the fourth century AD to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Organised chronologically, the book addresses key themes such as demography, agriculture, manufacturing and the urban economy, trade, monetary developments, and the role of the state and ideology. It provides a comprehensive overview of the economy with an emphasis on the economic actions of the state and the productive role of the city and non-economic actors, such as landlords, artisans and money-changers. The final chapter compares the Byzantine economy with the economies of western Europe and concludes that the Byzantine economy was one of the most successful examples of a mixed economy in the pre-industrial world. This is the only concise general history of the Byzantine economy and will be essential reading for students of economic history, Byzantine history and medieval history more generally.

Economic Expansion in the Byzantine Empire 900 1200

Author: Alan Harvey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521521904
Release Date: 2003-10-30
Genre: Business & Economics

Dr Harvey argues that the disintegration of the Byzantine Empire should no longer be associated with economic decline.

Stiftung und Gesellschaft

Author: Michael Borgolte
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783110422047
Release Date: 2017-05-22
Genre: History

Der dritte Band der Enzyklopädie geht den Wirkungen der Stiftungen auf vormoderne Gesellschaften nach, im lateinischen und orthodoxen Christentum, in islamischen Ländern, in Indien, sowie auf die Gemeinden der Juden in ihren jeweiligen andersgläubigen Mehrheitsgesellschaften. Diese Fragen werden in der bisherigen Forschung kaum gestellt; deshalb bietet der Band eine Sammlung verstreut vorliegender Beobachtungen, aber auch erhebliche Anregungen für künftige Forschungen. Im einzelnen geht es um die "soziale Position" und das "Geschlecht" der Akteure, um das Verhältnis von Stiftung und Raum im Sinne des spacial turn, um den Beitrag der Stiftungen zum gesellschaftlichen Wandel überhaupt, aber auch um Stiftungskritik und Stiftungsaufhebung sowie um interkulturelle Imitationen im Stiftungswesen. Wie die anderen beiden Bände bietet der dritte wichtige Aufschlüsse für die Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte "mittelalterlicher" Gesellschaften und den bisher auch international erstmaligen Versuch eines interkulturellen Phänomenvergleichs mit Beiträgen zu einer transkulturellen Synthese.

Inszenierung und Repr sentation der byzantinischen Aristokratie vom 10 bis zum 13 Jahrhundert

Author: Michael Grünbart
Publisher: Verlag Wilhelm Fink
ISBN: 9783846755518
Release Date: 2015-06-10
Genre: History

Im Zentrum dieser kulturgeschichtlichen Untersuchung steht die Frage, wie die aristokratische Schicht im mittelbyzantinischen Reich (10. - 13. Jahrhundert) gesellschaftlich sichtbar auftrat und welche Strategien sie zur Selbstdarstellung entwickelte. Systematisch wertet Grünbart alle verfügbaren Zeugnisse aus, um die Wirkung von Kleidung, das kultivierte Auftreten, die Wichtigkeit der Familienzugehörigkeit, den entsprechend ausgestalteten Wohnraum und Stifter-/Patronagetätigkeiten zu untersuchen. Es zeigt sich, dass sich die aristokratischen Familien, die sich zunehmend in der Hauptstadt Konstantinopel konzentrierten, in einem steten Konkurrenzkampf untereinander befanden und keine Mittel scheuten, sich in Szene zu setzen. Die Studie betritt mit ihrer Fragestellung Neuland und trägt zum Verständnis der Dynamik der byzantinischen Gesellschaft bei.

Studies in the Byzantine Monetary Economy C 300 1450

Author: Michael F. Hendy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521088526
Release Date: 2008-10-30
Genre: Business & Economics

This is a major study of the Byzantine coinage set in the wider context of finance, administration and economy. The book consists of four main sections, on economy and society, on finance, and on the circulation and production of coinage, and has made an unrivalled contribution in the field of late classical, Byzantine and medieval economic history.

Early Medieval Europe 300 1050

Author: David Rollason
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351173025
Release Date: 2018-03-29
Genre: History

Early Medieval Europe 300–1050: A Guide for Studying and Teaching empowers students by providing them with the conceptual and methodological tools to investigate the period. Throughout the book, major research questions and historiographical debates are identified and guidance is given on how to engage with and evaluate key documentary sources as well as artistic and archaeological evidence. The book’s aim is to engender confidence in creative and independent historical thought. This second edition has been fully revised and expanded and now includes coverage of both Islamic and Byzantine history, surveying and critically examining the often radically different scholarly interpretations relating to them. Also new to this edition is an extensively updated and closely integrated companion website, which has been carefully designed to provide practical guidance to teachers and students, offering a wealth of reference materials and aids to mastering the period, and lighting the way for further exploration of written and non-written sources.? Accessibly written and containing over 70 carefully selected maps and images, Early Medieval Europe 300–1050 is an essential resource for students studying this period for the first time, as well as an invaluable aid to university teachers devising and delivering courses and modules on the period.


Author: Peter Sarris
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199236114
Release Date: 2015
Genre: History

Explores the fusion of Roman political culture, Greek intellectual tradition, and Christian faith that characterized Byzantium. Shows how the empire held power for eleven centuries and why it ultimately fell.

Economy and Society in the Age of Justinian

Author: Peter Sarris
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139459044
Release Date: 2006-09-28
Genre: History

The reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian (527–65) stands out in late Roman and medieval history. Justinian re-conquered far-flung territories from the barbarians, overhauled the Empire's administrative framework and codified for posterity the inherited tradition of Roman law. This work represents a modern study in English of the social and economic history of the Eastern Roman Empire in the reign of the Emperor Justinian. Drawing upon papyrological, numismatic, legal, literary and archaeological evidence, the study seeks to reconstruct the emergent nature of relations between landowners and peasants, and aristocrats and emperors in the late antique Eastern Empire. It provides a social and economic context in which to situate the Emperor Justinian's mid-sixth-century reform programme, and questions the implications of the Eastern Empire's pattern of social and economic development under Justinian for its subsequent, post-Justinianic history.

Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean Economy

Author: Joshua Holo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521856331
Release Date: 2009-11-12
Genre: History

Covers the middle Byzantine period, describing the day-to-day workings of the Byzantine-Jewish economy via primary sources.


Author: Theodora Antonopoulou
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9781501501562
Release Date: 2015-03-10
Genre: History

This volume presents a broad array of contributions on Byzantine literature and culture, in which well-known Byzantinists approach topics of ceremonial, education, historiography, hagiography, homiletics, law, philology, philosophy, prosopography, rhetoric and theology. New editions and analyses of texts and documents are included. The essays combine traditional scholarship with newer approaches, thus reflecting the current dynamics of the field.

The Byzantines

Author: Averil Cameron
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781405198332
Release Date: 2009-11-16
Genre: History

This book introduces the reader to the complex history, ethnicity, and identity of the Byzantines. This volume brings Byzantium – often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world – to the forefront of European history Deconstructs stereotypes surrounding Byzantium Beautifully illustrated with photographs and maps

Byzantium and Venice

Author: Donald M. Nicol
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521428947
Release Date: 1992-05-07
Genre: History

This book traces the diplomatic, cultural, and commercial links between Constantinople and Venice from the foundation of the Venetian Republic to the Fall of the Byzantine Empire. It aims to show how, with the encouragement of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the Venetians came to dominate first the Genoese and thereafter the whole Byzantine economy. At the same time, the author points to those important cultural and, above all, political reasons why the relationship between the two states was always inherently unstable.

Egypt in the Byzantine World 300 700

Author: Roger S. Bagnall
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521871372
Release Date: 2007-08-16
Genre: History

A comprehensive portrayal of Egypt from the fourth to the seventh centuries, first published in 2007.