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Spring 2015-2016
HIS 542 / HLS 542 / MED 542   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Problems in Byzantine History - Rethinking the 11th Century in Byzantium

John F. Haldon

The eleventh century is now generally seen as a period of economic expansion in the Byzantine and east Mediterranean world, on the one hand, but of military and political collapse on the other, chiefly as a result of the defeat at the battle of Manzikert in 1071 at the hands of the Selcuk Turks. Is this picture justified? How do contemporary sources view the empire and its politics at this time? What is the nature of the evidence for both the economic and social and political history of the empire? This course will re-examine key sources for the period to see how far the currently-accepted view is justified.

Sample reading list:
M. Angold, Byzantium 1025-1204
Sp. Vryonis, Jr., The Decline of Hellenism in Asia Minor
J.F. Haldon, The Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History
A. Harvey, Economic Expansion in the Byzantine Empire 900-1200
J.-Cl. Cheynet, Pouvoir et contestations a Byzance
P. Lemerle, Cinq etudes sur le XIe siecle
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 75%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
Students of diverse interests are welcome; the perspectives of not only historians, but also art historians, Near Eastern historians, or scholars of religion will contribute greatly to the course.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43924 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W        Enrolled:9 Limit:20