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Title:
Byzantium in the seventh century : the transformation of a culture
Author:
Haldon, John F.
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9780521264921

9780521319171
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 486 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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Byzantium in the 7th century.
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This book presents the first analytical account in English of major developments within Byzantine culture, society and the state in the crucial formative period from c.610-717. The seventh century saw the final collapse of ancient urban civilization and municipal culture, the rise of Islam, the evolution of patterns of thought and social structure that made imperial iconoclasm possible, and the development of state apparatuses--military, civil and fiscal--typical of the middle Byzantine state. Also, during this period, orthodox Christianity finally became the unquestioned dominant culture and a religious framework of belief (to the exclusion of alternative systems, which were henceforth marginalized or proscribed).


Table of Contents

List of plates
List of maps
Preface and acknowledgements
Preface to the revised edition
List of abbreviations
The sources
Introduction
1 The background: state and society before Heraclius
2 The East Roman world c. 610-717: the politics of survival
3 Some relations and the economy: the cities and the land
4 Social relations and the economy: rural society
5 The state and its apparatus: fiscal administration
6 The state and its apparatus: military administration
7 Society, state and law
8 The imperial church and the politics of authority
9 Religion and belief
10 Forms of social and cultural organisation: infrastructures and hierarchies
11 Forms of representation: language, literature and the icon
Conclusions: the transformation of a culture
Addendum: further observations on the question of the late ancient city
Bibliography
Index