Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests (Paperback)

Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests By Jr. Kaegi, Walter E., Kaegi Walter E. Cover Image

Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests (Paperback)

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This is a study of how and why the Byzantine empire lost many of its most valuable provinces to Islamic conquerors in the seventh century, provinces that included Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia and Armenia. It investigates conditions on the eve of those conquests, mistakes in Byzantine policy toward the Muslims, the course of the military campaigns, and the problem of local official and civilian collaboration with the Muslims. It also seeks to explain how after some terrible losses the Byzantine government achieved some intellectual rationalization of its disasters and began the complex process of transforming and adapting its fiscal and military institutions and political controls in order to prevent further disintegration.
Product Details ISBN: 9780521484558
ISBN-10: 0521484553
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: March 31st, 1995
Pages: 328
Language: English