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Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society, 950-1100 - Leonora Neville

Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society, 950-1100

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The imperial government over the central provinces of the Byzantine Empire was sovereign and, at the same time, apathetic, dealing effectively with a narrow set of objectives, chiefly collecting revenue and maintaining imperial sovereignty. Outside of these spheres, action needed to be solicited from imperial officials, leaving vast opportunities for local people to act independently without legal stricture or fear of imperial involvement. In the absence of imperial intervention provincial households competed with each other for control over community decisions. The emperors exercised just enough strength at the right times to prevent the leaders of important households in the core provinces from becoming rulers themselves. Membership in a successful household, wealth, capacity for effective violence and access to the imperial court were key factors that allowed one to act with authority. This book examines in detail the mechanisms provincial households used to acquire and dispute authority.

"The book is well written, easy to follow and largely free of errors." Franziska E. Schlosser, Concordia University ' .. useful and illuminating ..' Ab Imperio "...this is an excellent and significant book. Neville's rejection of ideological systems could be applied with profit to earlier and later periods of Byzantine social history and to Byzantine history in general..." -H-Law, Warren Treadgold, Department of History, Saint Louis University

Introduction
Imperial administration and Byzantine political culture
Activities of the imperial administration
Provincial households
Provincial households and the imperial administration
Regulation of provincial society
Contention and authority
Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521838658
ISBN-10: 0521838657
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 6th September 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5