The Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire The Byzantine Empire centered at the city of Constantinople grew from a small Greek colonial village into the capital of the Eastern Roman empire Ultimately Byzantium represented what remained of Rom

  • Title: The Byzantine Empire
  • Author: Charles William Chadwick Oman
  • ISBN: 9781594160790
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Byzantine Empire centered at the city of Constantinople grew from a small Greek colonial village into the capital of the Eastern Roman empire Ultimately, Byzantium represented what remained of Roman power in late antiquity Established as the seat of Constantine the Great in 328 AD, the empire grew and matured over the centuries, reaching its pinnacle in the sixth cenThe Byzantine Empire centered at the city of Constantinople grew from a small Greek colonial village into the capital of the Eastern Roman empire Ultimately, Byzantium represented what remained of Roman power in late antiquity Established as the seat of Constantine the Great in 328 AD, the empire grew and matured over the centuries, reaching its pinnacle in the sixth century during the reign of Justinian and his loyal general, Belisarius In the process of empire building, Byzantium battled the Goths, the Germanic tribes, the Persians, the Lombards, and ultimately the Islamic armies of the Near East Byzantium remained a buffer against Muslim expansion, and by the time the remnants of the empire and the city of Constantinople were finally conquered by the Ottomans in the fourteenth century, European states to the west were able to resist any further encroachment.In tracing the empire s history from its humble beginnings through its ascendancy and final decay, distinguished historian Charles W C Oman blends his engaging narrative style with his impeccable command of primary source material Here, Oman dispels the misconception that the Byzantine court was one plagued by corruption and intrigue a canard that added Byzantine to the English language instead, Byzantium was one of the most stable governments of late antiquity Never before reprinted in paperback, The Byzantine Empire is a model of concise popular scholarship.

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  • Charles William Chadwick Oman

    See also Charles Oman.Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman was a British military historian of the early 20th century His reconstructions of medieval battles from the fragmentary and distorted accounts left by chroniclers were pioneering His style is an invigorating mixture of historical accuracy and emotional highlights, and it makes his narratives, though founded on deep research, often read as smoothly as fiction, especially in his History of the Peninsular War Occasionally, his interpretations have been challenged, especially his widely copied thesis that British troops defeated their Napoleonic opponents by firepower alone Paddy Griffith, among modern historians, claims the British infantry s discipline and willingness to attack were equally important.He was born in India, the son of a British planter, and was educated at Oxford University, where he studied under William Stubbs In 1881 he was elected to a Prize Fellowship at All Souls College, where he would remain for the rest of his career.He was elected the Chichele Professor of modern history at Oxford in 1905, in succession to Montagu Burrows He was also elected to the FBA that year, serving as President of the Royal Historical and Numismatic societies, and of the Royal Archaeological Institute.His academic career was interrupted by the First World War, during which he was employed by the government Press Bureau and Foreign Office.Oman was a Conservative member of Parliament for the University of Oxford constituency from 1919 to 1935, and was knighted in 1920.He became an honorary fellow of New College in 1936 and received the honorary degrees of DCL Oxford, 1926 and LL.D Edinburgh, 1911 and Cambridge, 1927 He died at Oxford.Two of his children became authors Son Charles wrote several volumes on British silverware and similar housewares Daughter Carola was notable for her biographies, especially that of Nelson.

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  • A great, if old, primer!The book is old, published at the close of the 19th century, and it shows at times. On the whole the book is a great primer though, and is a good first read to lower oneself into Byzantine history - which is useful since its history spans over 1000 years. I enjoyed it, and look forward to learning and reading more. For me it helped put some events into perspective, and also learned about some for the very first time; however on others I wish it would have went into a litt [...]


  • A some what dated survey history of the Byzantine Empire, it is useful at this point for historigraphy and reflection but not much more. Interestingly Chadwick claims to dismiss Gibbon but himself dismisses the last two hundred years of Imperial history. I enjoyed reading it, however, I would recommend a more modern or perhaps focused work, depending on the reader's interests.


  • Consisting of concise reviews of the emperors with convincing analyses, this book is a good introduction to and a decent reference of this empire quite mysterious to me.


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