A Short History of Byzantium

A Short History of Byzantium

Book - 1997 | 1st American ed.
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Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780679450887
Characteristics: xl, 430 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, geneal. tables ; 25 cm.


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porsena Dec 05, 2011

This is the abridged version of Norwich's trilogy on Byzantium. As the author notes in his foreword, the book suffers from trying to fit too much into too small a space. I'd recently read Vol. 1 of the trilogy and started in on this book where Vol. 1 left off. The style in the 'short' history is less satisfying than in the full version because many of the little side stories that make history come alive have fallen on the cutting room floor.

Read the three-volume series if you have the time.

Jul 08, 2010

Four hundred pages of small-print politics is "short"?


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