The studies included in this latest volume by Professor Jacoby deal with demographic, social, economic and institutional issues in the history of Byzantium and Latin Romania (the Byzantine territories conquered by the Latins after the Fourth Crusade), as well as with Mediterranean trade between the 10th and the 15th century. Special attention is devoted to the following subjects: migration from Muslim countries and the West into the Empire and, after the Fourth Crusade, into former Byzantine territories; the social and economic impact of the encounter between Greeks, Jews and Westerners in Constantinople, Asia Minor and Greece; institutional and economic continuity and change in Latin Romania; trade and shipping between Byzantium, Egypt and the major Italian maritime cities; and last, to silk in Byzantium and the Mediterranean: raw materials and textiles, production and trade.
Contents: Preface; What do we learn about Byzantine Asia Minor from the documents of the Cairo Genizah?; Byzantine Crete in the navigation and trade networks of Venice and Genoa; Les juifs de Byzance: une communauté marginalisée; The Jews of Constantinople and their demographic hinterland; The Jewish community of Constantinople from the Komnenan to the Palaiologan period; The Venetian presence in the Latin empire of Constantinople (1204-1261): the challenge of feudalism and the Byzantine inheritance; Venetian settlers in Latin Constantinople (1204-1261): rich or poor?; From Byzantium to Latin Romania: continuity and change; Italian migration and settlement in Latin Greece: the impact on the economy; Silk crosses the Mediterranean; The Jews and the silk industry of Constantinople; Index.
The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.
The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.
Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource.
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