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By Anthony Kaldellis

within the moment 1/2 the 10th century, Byzantium launched into a sequence of incredible conquests: first within the southeast opposed to the Arabs, then in Bulgaria, and at last within the Georgian and Armenian lands. by way of the early 11th century, the empire was once the main strong kingdom within the Mediterranean. It used to be additionally increasing economically, demographically, and, in time, intellectually besides. but this imperial undertaking got here to a crashing cave in fifty years later, while political disunity, monetary mismanagement, and defeat by the hands of the Seljuks within the east and the Normans within the west introduced an finish to Byzantine hegemony. through 1081, not just used to be its dominance of southern Italy, the Balkans, Caucasus, and northern Mesopotamia over yet Byzantium's very lifestyles was once threatened.

How did this dramatic transformation occur? in line with a detailed exam of the appropriate resources, this history-the first of its sort in over a century-offers a brand new reconstruction of the most important occasions and the most important reigns in addition to a distinct version for knowing imperial politics and wars, either civil and overseas. as well as delivering a badly wanted narrative of this severe interval of Byzantine heritage, Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood deals new interpretations of key subject matters suitable to the medieval period. The narrative unfolds in 3 elements: the 1st covers the years 955-1025, a interval of imperial conquest and consolidation of authority below the nice emperor Basil "the Bulgar-Slayer." the second one (1025-1059) examines the dispersal of centralized authority in Constantinople in addition to the emergence of latest overseas enemies (Pechenegs, Seljuks, and Normans). The final part chronicles the awesome cave in of the empire throughout the moment half the 11th century, concluding with a glance on the First campaign and its results for Byzantine family members with the powers of Western Europe. This promptly paced and carefully investigated narrative vividly brings to lifestyles some of the most interesting and transformative eras of medieval history.

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