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The Byzantine Economy


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Introduction; 1. Natural and human resources; 2. The late antique economy and the shift to medieval structures (sixth to early eighth centuries); 3. Restructuring, recovery and controlled expansion (early eighth to tenth centuries); 4. The age of accelerated growth (eleventh to twelfth centuries); 5. Small-state economics (from sometime in the thirteenth century to the fifteenth century); 6. The Byzantine economy as exemplar; the Byzantine and the western medieval economies.

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A concise survey of the economy of the Byzantine Empire.

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Angeliki E. Laiou is Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History, Harvard University, and Permanent Member of the Academy of Athens. Cecile Morrisson is Director of Research at the CNRS (Center of National Scientific Research) and numismatic advisor at Dumbarton Oaks.


'[The Byzantine Economy] offers us the model of historiographic knowledge accumulated and mastered. I entertain no doubts as to the redistribution of such learning or as to the wide dissemination which this magisterial 'textbook' is sure to achieve.' Le Moyen Age

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