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(05-03-2016 12:54 PM)Kid Twist Wrote:  
(05-02-2016 04:31 PM)Truth Teller Wrote:  The fall of the Byzantine Empire wasn't because of any blue pill/red pill masturbatory nonsense.

It was a result of continuing structural weaknesses and a disaster of a political situation.

Thank you, Truth Teller. Again, I love your posts because they are accurate.

The next step is to call it truly for what it was: The Eastern Roman Empire, or even more provocatively, the "Roman Empire" which moved precisely because Rome was attacked. It's curious that the longest surviving modern empire (as I said, 300-1453, think of it!) is not taught in the west, at all, and even words in English refer to something as "byzantine" in a derogatory way. Rome, as we know it now, was really Franco-Roman, strengthened politically by the Frankish rulers, who then instigated the Great Schism and further led to more deleterious relations between East and West in a complex fashion, as Islam rose to power and conquest.

The most important factor in the long Byzantine decline, from which all the others flowed was the disasterous reign of the Emperor Justinian in the 6th Century.

The Gothic War of the mid 6th Century was Justinian's attempt to recapture Italy from the Ostrogoths for the Roman Empire. He barely succeeded, but at the cost of laying waste to the entirety of Italy and the depopulation of most of the great Italian cities, including Rome. How bad was the destruction? Under Ostrogothic rule Italy was undergoing a cultural and economic resurgance. In the early 6th Century, Rome may still have had a population of over 300,000 people. By the middle of the century it had dropped to about 30,000. The wealthiest, most sophisticated part of Western Europe was now an agricultural backwater.

The Gothic War also sucked up vast amounts of Imperial treasure and troops at the time the Eastern Empire was suffering from a Bubonic Plague pandemic with severe depopulation throughout the eastern Mediterranean.

Justinian's adventures in Western Europe gave the Persian Sassanid Empire the opportunity to attack Asia Minor while Constantinople's focus was in the West, capturing a fair amount of territory and causing further economic disruption. Rome was eventually forced to get rid of the Persians by buying them off - paying annual tribute for the return of the lost territories.

At the same time as he was busy fighting everyone else, Justinian sought to impose orthodox Chalcedonian Christianity over the entirety of the Empire. At this time there were significant populations of Miaphysite Christians in Egypt and the Near East. Justinian sought to suppress them which created a great deal of discontent amongst the affected populations.

Between the plague and all of Justinian's wars, the Empire's finances were stretched to the breaking point so Justinian raised taxes to make up for it ensuring even more discontent among his heavily put-upon subjects.

Less than sixty years after his death the empire had still not recovered its strength when the Islamic Conquest began. It was unable to mount an effective defence, and having alienated its citizens through high taxes and religious persecution could not count on them opposing their new Muslim rulers who initially ruled with a light touch.

The former territories of the Western Empire with their main centres of commerce and industry completely destroyed in the fighting of the century before, were unable to provide any aid to the Eastern Empire and were themselves easy prey for the Muslim armies. Needless to say, the destruction wrought by Justinian's Armies wasn't forgotten by those who suffered it, and combined with the collapse of trade between the Eastern and Western Mediterranean what had been a common civilization (for example, Latin was only completely supplanted by Greek in the Imperial administration in the 7th Century) began to drift apart, economically, culturally, and theologically.
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