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By Ian Heath

ISBN-10: 1855323478

ISBN-13: 9781855323476

The Byzantine Empire's disastrous defeat by way of the Seljuk Turks at Manzikert in 1071 successfully marked the tip of what's usually defined because the 'middle' interval of Byzantine heritage. Thereafter, surrounded on both sides via more youthful, extra full of life countries, the as soon as omnipotent Empire slipped right into a regular decline which, eventually, used to be to end up terminal. even though, the Empire's loss of life was once something yet peaceable, and, a method or one other, for a lot of the final 4 centuries of its lifestyles it was once to discover itself in a kingdom of almost consistent battle. This publication examines the attention-grabbing heritage of the Byzantine Empire and its armies from 1118-1461 advert.

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They were, however, remarkably durable. Icons of modernity ii). Three ladies peering into a limousine, London i960. Although modern consumer durables—cars, fridges, washing machines—were now within reach of many west European households, vast distinctions of wealth, class and privilege remained. The limousine was probably still driven by a personal chauffeur. And God Created Woman. Fun in the sun was now a realistic aspiration for a growing number of European holidaymakers. Bardot remained for a while on the Côte d'Azur she had made famous but many of her friends moved away, fleeing the onslaught of mass tourism.

The east European sex trade was reaching epidemic proportions. Criminal syndicates tricked or abducted girls from Romania and the former USSR into prostitution in western Europe and the Balkans. While awaiting entry to the EU, Hungary joined NATO as a second best (in 1999)—and was promptly committed (somewhat reluctantly) to the war in Kosovo. The banner over the NATO stand at Budapest's 1997 International Fair reads At NATO's gate'. Serbs in June 1989 commemorating the 600th anniversary of the 'Battle of Kosovo': the last stand of medieval Serbia against the advancing Turks.

But the possibility that things might take a different turn—indeed, the likelihood that they would take a different turn—had seemed very real in 1945; it was to head off a re­ turn of the old demons (unemployment, Fascism, German militarism, war, revo­ lution) that western Europe took the new path with which we are now familiar. Post-national, welfare-state, cooperative, pacific Europe was not born of the opti­ mistic, ambitious, forward-looking project imagined in fond retrospect by today's Euro-idealists.

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