The Roman State from a Byzantine Perspective: Comment in Debate. Was there a medieval »State«?

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This debate takes up the question whether the concept of »state« can be used meaningfully in the context of medieval studies. The opening article by Brent Shaw addresses the political organization of the Roman empire, and develops a comprehensive argument why even by high standards it should be regarded as a state. The six comments by Nicola Di Cosmo (Chinese History), Stefano Gasparri and Cristina La Rocca, Hans-Werner Goetz, and Régine Le Jan (European Medieval History), and John Haldon and Yannis Stouraitis (Byzantine History) draw on their own fields of expertise to provide theoretical and pragmatic views on the possible significance of the concept of state for political entities of Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-57
JournalMedieval Worlds
Volume2023
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Byzantium
  • medieval empire
  • state
  • political theory
  • Roman Empire
  • Langobard kingdom
  • Ancient China

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