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Title The Byzantine Dark Ages / Michael J. Decker.
Author Decker, Michael, 1971- author.
Publication London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
Description 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Call # 949.502 D
Series Debates in archaeology
Debates in archaeology.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-236) and index.
Summary "The Byzantine Dark Ages explores current debates about the sudden transformation of the Byzantine Empire in the wake of environmental, social and political changes. Those studying the Byzantine Empire, the successor to the Roman Empire in the eastern Mediterranean, have long recognized that the mid-7th century CE ushered in sweeping variations in the way of life of many inhabitants of the Mediterranean world, with evidence of the decline of the size and economic prosperity of cities, a sharp fall in expressions of literary culture, the collapse in trade networks, and economic and political instability. Michael J. Decker looks at the material evidence for the 7th to 9th centuries, lays out the current academic discourse about its interpretation, and suggests new ways of thinking about this crucial era. Important to readers interested in understanding how and why complex societies and imperial systems undergo and adapt to stresses, this clearly written, accessible work will also challenge students of archaeology and history to think in new ways when comprehending the construction of the past"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction : Dark Ages -- Historical overview -- Material evidence and meaning -- Cities -- The Dark Age countryside -- The Dark Age economy -- New directions.
Subject Byzantine Empire -- History -- 527-1081.
Byzantine Empire -- Civilization -- 527-1081.
Byzantine Empire -- Foreign relations -- 527-1081.
Byzantine Empire -- Politics and government -- 527-1081.
Civilization. (OCoLC)fst00862898
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Byzantine Empire. (OCoLC)fst01209292
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781472536044 (hardback)
1472536045 (hardback)
9781472536037 (paperback)
1472536037 (paperback)
Standard # 60002080499

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