Looking for a Byzantine general history, any recs? I'm fascinated but I don't really know where to start.
Other books to check out about Byzantium wouldn't be bad either. Maybe a primary source as well, but all in due time.
John Julius Norwich - Byzantium (3 Vols. - Great and readable introduction to the historical outline)
John Julius Norwich - A Short History of Byzantium
Treadgold, Warren - A History of the Byzantine State and Society
Lee, A.D. - From Rome to Byzantium AD 395-565
A.H.M. Jones - The Later Roman Empire 284-602
Sarris, Peter - Empires of Faith: The Fall of Rome and the Rise of Islam, 500-700
Brown, Peter - Through the Eye of a Needle
Holland, Tom - In the Shadow of the Sword
Evans, J.A.S. - The Age of Justinian
Kaegi, Walter - Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium
Harris, Jonathan - The End of Byzantium
Mango, Cyril - Byzantium
Bagnall, S. (eds.) - Egypt in the Byzantine World 300-700
Bagnall, S. - Egypt in Late Antiquity
Haldon, John - The Byzantine Wars
Haldon, John and Brubaker, Leslie - Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era, c.680-850
Luttwak, Edward - The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire
Maas, Michael (ed.) - The Age of Justinian
Treadgold, Warren - Byzantium and its Army 284-1204
Kaldellis, Antony - The Byzantine Republic
The Cambridge History of Byzantium
The Cambridge Medieval History - Vols. II, IV and IV Part 2 (the latter two are entirely dedicated to Byzantium)
My area of interest is early Byzantium so unfortunately I can't help much with wanting to go later, but please see:
The History of Byzantium Podcast - an excellent podcast, well researched - find it and a bibliography here:
>"Putin Sure gonna fuck up Turkey for shooting down that Jet"
>instead just has a manlet hissy fit and boycotts taffy or some shit
kek..this is /pol/'s hero
here's annotated bibliographies containing books on late byzantium to complement that guy:
Battle of Manzikert:
Fall of Constantinople:
To add to this:
A Short History of Byzantium is just the abridged version of the 3-volume version
Also good are:
The Making of Orthodox Byzantium: 600-1025 ~ Mark Whittow
The Byzantines ~ Averil Cameron
The Oxford History of Byzantium
Russia could have occupied Istanbul in one of the Russo-Turkish wars at the end of the 18th century. But at the time the Russians were more interested in putting pressure on Istanbul to better their position at the negotiating table. They had no reason to occupy city because it would have turned all the Great Powers against them, not just France and Britain. In fact, this is the reason that Poland got partitioned at the same time. Prussia (specifically Frederick the Great) proposed dividing up the Poland as a way to ease tensions between the Austrians and the Russians in the Balkans.
Well actually they entered a part of İstanbul today.
Pic related, red part is old İstanbul, Blue Part where Russians invaded.
The recommendation says it all. Perfect book for introduction to the subject.
I don't agree anon. I came to the book when I already knew quite a lot, and my feeling was that if I hadn't already known the narrative history of Byzantium, I would have been very lost a lot of the time. Herrin focuses a lot on the culture of Byzantium, but I'd say Mango's 'Byzantium: The Empire of the New Rome' does it better.
Just my opinion. Have you read her 'Women in Purple'?