Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 A.D. to the First Crusade by Anthony Kaldellis

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Read Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 A.D. to the First Crusade Online Free - In the second half of the tenth century, Byzantium embarked on a series of spectacular conquests, first in the southeast against the Arabs, then in Bulgaria, and finally in the Georgian and Armenian lands. By the early eleventh century, the empire was the most powerful state in the Mediterranean. It was also expanding economically, demographically, and, in time, intellectually as well. Yet this imperial project came to a crashing collapse fifty years later when political disunity, fiscal mismanagement, and defeat at the hands of the Seljuks in the east and the Normans in the west not only spelled the end of Byzantium's historical dominance of southern Italy, the Balkans, Caucasus, and northern Mesopotamia, but also threatened its very survival.
A history of these events has not been published for more than a century. In addition to providing a badly needed narrative of this critical period in Byzantine history, Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood offers new interpretations of key topics relevant to Medieval history. The narrative is in 3 parts: the first covers the years 955-1025, a period of imperial conquest and consolidation of authority under the emperor Basil. The second (1025-1059) examines the dispersal of centralized authority in Constantinople as well as the emergence of new foreign enemies (Pechenegs, Seljuks, Normans). The last section chronicles the spectacular collapse of the empire during the second half of the eleventh century, concluding with a look at the First Crusade and its consequences for Byzantine relations with the powers of Western Europe.

Title : Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 A.D. to the First Crusade
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ISBN : 0190253223
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 408 pages


Zachary rated it ★★★★★

September 06, 2017

In the late 10th century, the Byzantine empire was on a remarkable upswing. Following slow consolidation, stabilization, military reform, and economic and demographic expansion since the early ninth century, a series of brilliant martial emperors, Nikephoros Phokas, John Tzimiskes, and Basil II u...

Loren rated it ★★★★★

December 26, 2017

An excellent book. Kaldellis writes with a subtle humor and has well-articulated pushbacks against what he persuasively suggests are incorrect interpretations of the period. It’s a serious work of scholarship, but a highly readable one. Machinations and politicking of various Michaels and Ioannes...

TM rated it ★★★★★

December 01, 2017

A well written and well researched book that goes back to the original sources to show what we know, mostly how little we know about the Byzantine revanchment in the late 10 century. It challenges many of the theories that surround this period by using primary and secondary sources from the time....

Belinda rated it ★★★☆☆

January 24, 2018

This was thick going for me, even though I have a grad degree in medieval history (Western European). However.... it was intriguing to read about what was going on in the East, since I've only studied the Crusades from the Western point of view.

Keith rated it ★★★★☆

September 22, 2017

One of the most concise and well researched and well written histories of Byzantium I've read. Who says there's nothing new to report on old subjects?

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