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Social Conflict in the Age of Justinian: Its Nature, Management, and Mediation

Peter N. Bell


Our understanding of Late Antiquity can be transformed by the non-dogmatic application of social theory to more traditional evidence when studying major social conflicts in the Eastern Roman Empire, not least under the Emperor Justinian (527–565). This book explores a range of often violent conflicts across the whole empire — on the land, in religion, and in sport — during this pivotal period in European history. Drawing on both sociology and social psychology, and on personal experiences as a senior British Civil Servant dealing with violent political conflicts in Northern Ireland and elsewhe ... More

Keywords: late antiquity, social theory, eastern roman empire, emperor justinian, violent conflicts, pagans, christians, monarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567331
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567331.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter N. Bell, author
Member of Common Room, Wolfson College, Oxford

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Part I An Introduction: Approaches, Methods, Sources

Part II Three Major Conflicts: in Agriculture, the Factions, and the Churches

Part III Ideological Conflicts—Their Mediation and Management

Part IV Conclusions