The distinguished historian Charles William Chadwick Oman is renowned due to his numerous history books. His dozens of historical works have reached all the corners of the world and they represented a valuable source of history in many schools. The Byzantine Empire is one of his better known books about the notorious empire that outlasted the Romans several centuries.
Oman traced the history of the Byzantine Empire to antiquity. This Empire had its geographical and political center set in Constantinople, a former Greek colony. What was just a colonial village in the times of the Eastern Roman empire, became one of the most important powers in the East, as well as the buffer for Europe for many centuries. The Byzantine Empire battled many forces including Germanic tribes, the Goths, the Persians as well as the Islamic forces. The Empire managed to hold back and postpone the invasion of these forced into Europe, and by the time it succumbed to external forces and to its own weight, it had played a vital role in allowing European countries to mature and repel or assimilate most of these forces.
Constantinople was also the center of Christianity in the East Roman Empire and Constantine the Great managed to make Byzantium a heaven for Christians seeking refuge from persecution.
The Byzantine Empire was at the height of its power in the 6th century, yet the city of Constantinople and the remnants of the once great empire were only conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century.
Oman's engaging style and his talent in finding reliable historical sources to use for his books make The Byzantine Empire a must read for history enthusiasts as well as for anyone wishing to learn about one of the greatest empires from antiquity to the middle ages.
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