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New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

Banditry in the Medieval Balkans, 800-1500

Authors: Sophoulis, Panos

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  • Explores the history of banditry in the medieval Balkans between the ninth and fifteenth centuries
  • Identifies three main sources of banditry: shepherds, soldiers and peasants
  • Examines bandits themselves, their origins, their reasons for taking up brigandage, and the steps taken by the central authorities to control their activity
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This book explores the history of banditry in the medieval Balkans between the ninth and fifteenth centuries. While several scholars have recognized the problems which various outlaw groups caused in the region during the Middle Ages, few have given much attention to the bandits themselves, their origins, their reasons for taking up brigandage, and the steps taken by the central authorities to control their activity. Among other things, this book identifies three main sources of banditry: shepherds, soldiers and peasants. Far from being ʻlone wolvesʼ, these men operated within well-defined social networks. Poverty played a decisive role in driving them to a life of crime, but there is strong evidence to suggest that the growing economic prosperity in parts of the Balkans from the ninth century onwards may have also contributed to the rise of the phenomenon.

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Panos Sophoulis is Αssistant Professor of History at the University of Athens, Greece. His research focuses on the history of southeastern Europe during the Middle Ages. He is author of Byzantium and Bulgaria, 775-831 (winner of the 2013 John Bell Book Prize).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 76,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Banditry in the Medieval Balkans, 800-1500
Authors
Series Title
New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55905-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55905-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55904-5
Series ISSN
2730-9363
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 188
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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