The Empire That Would Not Die: The Paradox of Eastern Roman Survival, 640-740


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Harvard University Press
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6.4 X 1.2 X 9.4 inches | 1.7 pounds
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About the Author

John Haldon is Shelby Cullom Davis '30 Professor of European History and Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, New Jersey, and the overall director of the Avkat Archaeological Project. His research focuses on the social-economic, institutional and cultural history of the medieval Eastern Roman Empire in the seventh to twelfth centuries; on state systems across the Eurasian world from late ancient to early modern times; on environmental stress and societal resilience in pre-modern societies; and on the production, distribution and consumption of resources in the late ancient and medieval world. He is the author of many articles, monographs and edited volumes, including, with Leslie Brubaker, Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era, c.680-850 (Cambridge, 2011) and The Empire that Would Not Die: The Paradox of Eastern Roman Survival, 640-740 (2016).


Haldon masterfully integrates contemporary historical records, numismatic studies, and agricultural data to create an overall coherent picture of a turbulent age.--A. J. Papalas"Choice" (11/01/2016)
The Empire That Would Not Die is the latest contribution from a prolific scholar who has been laying the foundations of Byzantine history for the last twenty-five years. Haldon returns to seventh-century Byzantium with a new approach full of fresh insights.--Averil Cameron, Keble College, University of Oxford
A magisterial synthesis by a historian at the height of his powers, drawing on decades of sustained enquiry and scholarship. One hopes that this book will draw greater attention to its subject as a significant moment in world history.-- (01/01/2018)