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    Posted: 07-Apr-2006 at 13:56
As you all know there are numerous important historical texts freely available in their entirety on the net. I thought it might be a good idea, to briefly introduce your favourites and post links to the text

My first three choices are pretty obvious, they cover three important periods in the history of the East/Roman, Byzantine Empire and have been the primary sources for many a history of Byzantium, and many a fictional treatment.

Prokopios of Caesarea:
The Secret History


Prokopios' notorious character assassination of Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora.

Prokopios' Secret History


Michael Psellos:
The Chronographia, A.D. 976-1077


Psellus' biography of Basil II Bulgaroktonos and his successors until Michael VII Dukas.

Psellos' Chronographia


Anna Komnena:
The Alexiad


Anna Komnena's famous history of the reign of her father Alexios Komnenos.

The Alexiad


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A monumental work about the Crusades in six volumes:

History of the Crusades, Volume I

Baldwin, M. W., Editor
The First Hundred Years


Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1969

History of Crusades, Vol. I, Index


History of the Crusades, Volume II

Wolff, R. L.; Hazard, H. W., Editor
The Later Crusades, 1189-1311


Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1969

History of the Crusades, Vol. II, Index


History of the Crusades, Volume III

Hazard, H. W., Editor
The 14th and 15th Centuries


Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1975

History of the Crusades, Vol. III, Index


History of the Crusades, Volume IV

Hazard, H. W., Editor
The Art and Architecture of the Crusader States


Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1977

History of the Crusades, Vol. IV, Index


History of the Crusades, Volume V

Zacour, N. P.; Hazard, H. W., Editor
The Impact of the Crusades on the Near East


Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985

History of the Crusades, Vol. V, Index


History of the Crusades, Volume VI

Zacour, N. P.; Hazard, H. W., Editor
The Impact of the Crusades on Europe


Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989

History of the Crusades, Vol. VI, Index

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And to present a different view of the Crusades, a collection of essays:

The Crusades from the Perspective of Byzantium and the Muslim World

edited by Angeliki E. Laiou and Roy Parviz Mottahedeh


Dumbarton Oaks Publications,2001





"The Crusades from the Perspective of Byzantium and the Muslim World is the result of scholarly reassessments of the Crusades on the 900th anniversary of the appearance of crusading armies outside Nicaea. The views expressed here complement the considerable number of other examinations that focused on the internal, Western, aspects of the movement on the 900th anniversary of the Council of Clermont.

The volume opens with an introduction to the historiography of the Crusades, followed by wide-ranging discussions covering four topics: holy war in Byzantium and Islam; the approaches and attitudes of the various peoples affected by and involved in the Crusades; the movement's effect on the economies of the eastern Mediterranean; and the influence of the Crusades on the art and architecture of the East.

The essays in this volume demonstrate that there were, on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, rich, variegated, and important phenomena associated with the Crusades, and that a full understanding of the significance of the movement and its impact on both the East and West must take these phenomena into account."



The Crusades from the Perspective..., Index (PDF-Format)


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Primary source for the history of the Fourth Crusade:

Geoffrey de Villehardouin [b.c.1160-d.c.1213]
Memoirs or Chronicle of The Fourth Crusade and The Conquest of Constantinople


trans. Frank T. Marzials, (London: J.M. Dent, 1908)


Memoirs. or Chronicle of the 4th Crusade...


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  Quote kotumeyil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-May-2006 at 16:30

Very nice links Komnenos, thank you

Here's Roman History by Titus Livius:

Books I-III: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10828/10828-8.txt

Books 09-26: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10907/10907-h/10907-h.htm

Books 27-36: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12582/12582-h/12582-h.htm

 

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Hi,

the speaches of the Venitian ambassadors in front of the Senate (in talian)

http://venus.unive.it/riccdst/sdv/strumenti/testi/relazionif rancia/
relazionifrancia.htm

a good website:

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/index.html

last but very far from least the French National Library e-books program:

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ (the site is in French but books are in any language
excellent collection of chinese manuscripts it is said)

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  Quote Maharbbal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-May-2006 at 22:06
Hi,

Here is the very interesting Discourse on volontary servitude written by
the 18 years old La Botie in 1548. One of the greatest piece of liberty
ever and the sharpest invision of what being a social pet means for
mankind.

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Discourse_on_Voluntary_Servitu de

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  Quote Pacifist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Jul-2006 at 04:36
What do you guys think of this history site: http://www.fsmitha.com/index.html

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  Quote kasper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Mar-2007 at 00:21
These are some great links. I can't believe I haven't found this discussion until now.
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Wright, Diana Gilliland, 'Bartolomeo Minio: Venetian Administration in 15th-Century Nauplion', EJOS, III (2000), no. 5, 1-235. [PDF format]

An interesting look at events in the southern Balkans, specifically Greece, during immediate post-1453 days from the perspective of a Venetian.

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Albanianhistory.net

A rare collection of primary sources that mention Albanians from 1000-1944(though the middle-ages are usually the topics of interest) by Canadian historian Dr.Robert Elsie.

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  Quote Northman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Apr-2007 at 10:49
For me, shaped by my northern European culture, it has always been interesting to learn the ways of other cultures, past and present, especially the cultures that differs the most from my own.
 
Also - trying to find balanced articles and descriptions about common life in many countries can be really hard  - its all about famous people, battles, biased history etc. - so I was quite happy when I found this work.
Its an english Lady's notes from a four year stay in Persia in the middle of the 19'th century.
Interesting reading indeed - when you have a little time on your own.
 

GLIMPSES

OF

LIFE AND MANNERS IN PERSIA.

By LADY SHEIL.

WITH NOTES ON RUSSIA, KOORDS, TOORKOMANS,
NESTORIANS, KHIVA, AND PERSIA.

With Illustrations.

LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.
1856.

 
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  Quote Kapikulu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Jun-2007 at 14:47
http://www.gutenberg.org
 
Gutenberg Project : More than 20,000 free e-books. Including old and new books...Great source!
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