This innovative survey of Byzantium's relations with pre-Christian Bulgaria in the late eighth and early ninth century offers an entirely new framework for understanding the developments that shaped one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the early Medieval Balkans. Unlike previous studies, it integrates the surviving literary sources with the ever-growing archaeological record to construct a comprehensive narrative account of the Byzantine-Bulgar conflict for political mastery in the region. Moreover, the analysis of the changing socio-political structures of Bulgaria provides a basis for understanding its transformation from a loose tribal confederation into a stable monarchy. While this is primarily a regional study, focusing on the territories and peoples controlled by the two competing powers, it is also of interest to students of the Frankish, Arab and steppe-nomad worlds, since the relations between Byzantium and Bulgaria are put into a wider international context.
Byzantium and Bulgaria, 775-831
Ivan Biliarsky, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
The book contains an edition of the original text of “Tale of the Prophet Isaiah” and commentary on the quite unclear narrative concerning its origins, development and an interpretation of its meaning with strong focus on its biblical roots.
Alexandru Madgearu, Institute for Political Studies of Defence and Military History, Bucharest
In this book Alexandru Madgearu offers the first comprehensive history of the military organization of a peripheral area of the Byzantine Empire, the Danube region.
Paul Milliman, University of Arizona
The Slippery Memory of Men analyzes how during the early fourteenth century a discourse of eternal enmity was created between the Teutonic Knights and the rulers of Poland as these former allies contended over the disputed region of Pomerania.
By Virgil Ciocîltan. Translated by Samuel Willcocks
The inclusion of the Black Sea basin into the long-distance trade network – with its two axes of the Silk Road through the Golden Horde (Urgench-Sarai-Tana/Caffa) and the Spice Road through the Ilkhanate (Ormuz-Tabriz-Trebizond) – was the two Mongol states’ most important contribution to making ...
In Anatomy of a Duchy David Kalhous analyses military, social and "ideological" factors which may have led to the stabilisation of the Přemyslid regnum in 10th and 11 th century.
Thi study presents a systematic analysis of the huge, and in most cases, completely new archaeological evidence for amber from Lithuania and the surrounding regions. A comprehensive synthesis of archaeological evidence and written sources provides an opportunity to develop new viewpoints about ...
The book on the Medieval transformation that impacted the Czech lands in the 13th century, focussed on the onset of landed nobility, the transformation of the rural milieu, and the early urban history. The explanation is anchored in a broad European context.
Presenting the image of Poland created in Germany in the earliest period of existence of the Piast state (963-1034) this book identifies its context and describes the political and cultural relation between the Polish rulers and German élites of that time.
The book presents an investigation into the legal language of mediaeval Bulgaria, seen in its own cultural context: the Byzantine Commonwealth. Law and Language are cultural phenomena and their interdependence is closely linked to their civilisation in which they are embedded.
Drawing especially on new data from archaeology, history, art history and cultural or social anthropology, this book offers a new vision of the origins of the Bohemian state. It is based both on interpretation of evidence not sufficiently taken into consideration up to now, and on research ...
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