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

Peter N. Bell


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

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

  • Title: Social Conflict in the Age of Justinian: Its Nature, Management, and Mediation
  • Author: Peter N. Bell
  • ISBN: 9780199567331
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover



Our understanding of Late Antiquity can be transformed by the non dogmatic application of social theory to traditional evidence when studying major social conflicts in the Eastern Roman Empire, not least under the Emperor Justinian 527 565 Social Conflict in the Age of Justinian explores a range of often violent conflicts across the whole empire on the land, inOur understanding of Late Antiquity can be transformed by the non dogmatic application of social theory to traditional evidence when studying major social conflicts in the Eastern Roman Empire, not least under the Emperor Justinian 527 565 Social Conflict in the Age of Justinian 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 his experience as a senior British Civil Servant dealing with violent political conflicts in Northern Ireland and elsewhere, Bell shows that such conflicts were a basic feature of the overwhelmingly agricultural political economy of the empire These conflicts were reflected at the ideological level and lead to intense persecution of intellectuals and Pagans as an ever robust Christian ideological hegemony was established In challenging the loyalties of all social classes, they also increased the vulnerability of an emperor and his allies The need to legitimise the emperor, through an increasingly sacralised monarchy, and to build a loyal constituency, consequently remained a top priority for Justinian, even if his repeated efforts to unite the churches failed.


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