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Constantinople AD 717–18

By Si Sheppard
  • ISBN Code: : 1472836936
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 96
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The siege of Constantinople in AD 717–18 was the supreme crisis of Western civilization. The Byzantine Empire had been reeling under the onslaught of Arabic imperialism since the death of the Prophet, whilst Jihadist armies had detached Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and Carthage from imperial control and were in the process of imposing their ascendancy at sea. The Empire had been reduced to its Anatolian and Balkan heartland, and Arab incursions threatened even this – Arab naval forces had appeared under the walls of Constantinople every year from AD 674 to 678. But all this was only a prelude to the massive combined-arms invasion force that advanced on the capital in 717. This title offers a comprehensive study of the ensuing clash between the ascendant Caliphate and the Empire at bay. It details the forces available to each side, with their respective advantages and vulnerabilities, evaluating the leadership qualities of the rival commanders and assessing their strategic and tactical initiatives. It also accounts for the trajectory and outcome of the campaign and emphasises the fundamental significance of the struggle. By holding the line, the Byzantines gave Europe enough time to develop at its own pace and emerge strong enough to face down its Islamic counterpart on equal terms. If Constantinople had fallen in 717, could Europe have endured as an independent entity? Could Christianity have survived as major religion? What would the future course of world history have been?

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This book was first published in 2003.Paul Speck's work is acknowledged to be of profound importance for the study of the history and culture of the Byzantine world. If at times controversial, it has proved highly influential in terms of the approaches to be taken to historical and literary sources. For many, however, it has remained largely inaccessible in its original German. To help overcome this, the selection of studies presented here have been specially translated into English. Taken together, they make a substantial contribution to a critical understanding of Byzantine writing, and to an interpretation of history free from prejudice and stereotyped conceptions. Their coverage extends from the foundation of Constantinople to current perceptions of Byzantine history, but they focus in particular on the period from the 6th to the 9th centuries - the 'Dark Ages' and the Byzantine renaissance - and the transformation of Byzantium that then took place.

The Collapse and Recovery of Europe, AD 476äóñ1648

By Jack L. Schwartzwald
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476622574
  • Total of Pages : 264
  • Category : History
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The collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the late 5th century A.D. marked the disintegration of order and security in Europe. It would be twelve centuries of trial and error before a successor political system—the nation-state—emerged to fill the void. The Eastern Roman Empire survived for a thousand years after the Western Empire’s fall, shielding the West from the encroachment of militant Islam. During the same millennium, the Catholic Church unsuccessfully tried to resurrect a universal empire in the West. During the period of the Renaissance, Reformation and Thirty Years’ War, the nation-state arose as Rome’s successor. This is the story of those 1,200 years, an era that transformed the Western outlook from one bound to faith amidst chaos to one armed with reason and a belief in progress.

Empire and Communications

By Harold Adams Innis
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  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 194
  • Category : History
  • Members : 611
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DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "Empire and Communications" by Harold Adams Innis. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

The Byzantines

By Averil Cameron
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1405178248
  • Total of Pages : 296
  • Category : History
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Winner of the 2006 John D. Criticos Prize 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

Istanbul

By Bettany Hughes
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  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Book Code : 0306825856
  • Total of Pages : 856
  • Category : History
  • Members : 565
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Istanbul has long been a place where stories and histories collide, where perception is as potent as fact. From the Koran to Shakespeare, this city with three names--Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul -- resonates as an idea and a place, real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between East and West, North and South, it has been the capital city of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history it was the very center of the world, known simply as "The City," but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a global story. In this epic new biography, Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey from the Neolithic to the present, through the many incarnations of one of the world's greatest cities--exploring the ways that Istanbul's influence has spun out to shape the wider world. Hughes investigates what it takes to make a city and tells the story not just of emperors, viziers, caliphs, and sultans, but of the poor and the voiceless, of the women and men whose aspirations and dreams have continuously reinvented Istanbul. Written with energy and animation, award-winning historian Bettany Hughes deftly guides readers through Istanbul's rich layers of history. Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, this captivating portrait of the momentous life of Istanbul is visceral, immediate, and authoritative -- narrative history at its finest.

A History of Epidemic Pestilences

By Edward Bascome
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 210
  • Category : Fiction
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"A History of Epidemic Pestilences" by Edward Bascome. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Ghost Empire: A Journey to the Legendary Constantinople

By Richard Fidler
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1681775778
  • Total of Pages : 520
  • Category : History
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"A brilliant reconstruction of the saga of power, glory, and invasion that is the one-thousand year story of Constantinople. A truly marvelous book." —Simon Winchester Ghost Empire is a rare treasure—an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary, narrated by a master storyteller. The story is a revelation: a beautifully written ode to a lost civilization combined with a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home. In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire—centered around the legendary Constantinople—we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilizations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder. Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son.

The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval Warfare

By Peter Connolly,John Gillingham,John Lazenby
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135936749
  • Total of Pages : 450
  • Category : History
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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A Short History of the World

By H. G. Wells
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  • Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.
  • Book Code : 160206931X
  • Total of Pages : 476
  • Category : History
  • Members : 453
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When H. G. Wells published this popular history of planet Earth in 1922, the highest off the surface humans had reached was seven miles, barely 37,000 feet; the best guess at the planet's age was merely "more than" 2 billion years; the beginnings of organic life on Earth were still little understood. But with all the confidence of his immense genius and wide-ranging appreciation for all things scientific, Wells presents a readable, concise survey of the state of knowledge at his time about the planet and human presence upon it. Wells asks that you read this hefty 1922 work-adapted from his two-volume Outline of History, published in 1920-"straightforwardly almost as a novel is read," and indeed, this story of Earth, from its very formation and the first appearance of homo sapiens through the Russian Revolution and the reconstruction after World War I, reads like the most thrilling adventure story ever told. Though it has been factually supplanted by scholarship that came after it, this remains an engaging history, a classic of science fact from one of the fathers of modern science fiction. British author HERBERT GEORGE WELLS (1866-1946) is best known for his groundbreaking science fiction novels The Time Machine (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Catalogue of the Imperial Byzantine Coins in the British Museum

By W. Wroth Warwick
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  • Publisher : Рипол Классик
  • Book Code : 5875070668
  • Total of Pages : 687
  • Category : History
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Read and download full book Catalogue of the Imperial Byzantine Coins in the British Museum

Encyclopedia of Ukraine

By Volodymyr Kubijovyc
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  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Book Code : 1442651180
  • Total of Pages : 758
  • Category : History
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The appearance of Volume II of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine makes the second stage of a major publishing project. Based on twenty-five years' research by more than 100 scholars from around the world, the encyclopedia provides the most essential information about Ukraine and its people, history, geography, economy, and cultural heritage. Volume II contains entries beginning with the letters G to K, among them numerous biographies of historical figures and people currently living in and outside of Soviet Ukraine. Included are some 600 illustrations, maps, and statistical tables. The five volumes of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine will constitute a comprehensive guide to the life and culture of Ukrainians and reflect the manifold relations of Ukrainians with their neighbours and with their non-Ukrainian environments in the various countries to which they immigrated.