Equilibrium to Expansion (886–1025)

  title={Equilibrium to Expansion (886–1025)},
  author={Jonathan Shepard},
  journal={The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500–1492},
  • J. Shepard
  • Published 4 July 2019
  • History
  • The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500–1492
introduction: coexistence with the caliphate As earlier chapters have shown, the empire’s military situation was alleviated by political upheavals in the Muslim world and the abatement of hammer blows directed by the Abbasid leadership. The caliphate itself had more recourse to diplomacy, recognising Ashot I Bagratuni (‘the Great’) (884–90) as paramount prince among the Armenians and bestowing a crown on him. Soon afterwards, Basil I (867–86) responded with demarches of his own towards Ashot… 
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