In 1204, the Byzantine Empire used to be conquered via troops from western Europe ostensibly enjoying the Fourth campaign. This was once a highly major occasion for the topics of the Empire, considerably changing the Byzantines' self-image and weakening their kingdom for the later clash with the Ottoman Turks. utilizing the idea of ethnicity - a relatively fresh software with reference to the pre-modern period - Gill web page offers clean perception into the past due Byzantine interval, offering a corrective to nationalistic interpretations of the interval of Frankish rule and extra greatly to as a rule held assumptions of ethnic hostility within the interval. a scientific research of texts in Greek from the interval 1200-1420, from either ends of the social spectrum, is subsidized up via an in-depth examine of Frankish rule within the Peloponnese to bare the developments within the improvement of Byzantine identification less than the effect of the Franks.
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This last, now the second city of the empire, was taken with particular savagery, and the Normans then marched on Constantinople. Although they were successfully defeated and turned back, the approach of the Normans seems to have set the populace against Andronikos, who was butchered by the mob. However, he was also violently repressive of opposition and in the two years of his reign lost all the popular support which had initially helped him to power. Isaak II Angelos was proclaimed emperor on Andronikos’ death in , and managed to rule for ten years.
The battle on the western front also continued much unchanged. John II had early successes against the Serbs, but this worsened relations with Hungary; war broke out in and John was able to force the Hungarians back over the Danube. Manuel I was again successful against Hungary in the s in a campaign which permitted him to restore Croatia, Bosnia and Dalmatia to imperial rule. However, Serbia was now a prime threat under the vigorous leadership of Stefan Nemanja, who had taken advantage of the Byzantine Roman focus on Hungary to unite his kingdom and now fought to keep this independence.
Tibi has shown that ‘ethnic bonds did not simply disappear when nations emerged’. The ethnic sense thus cannot simply be the child which grows to become the nation state adult. However, the nation state is not a necessary result of ethnicity, although that was (and largely remains) the prevailing rhetoric of the European nationalism of self-determination. In the case of modern Greece, then, though it may be important that Greece emerged as a nation state in the nineteenth century, this later development need not be viewed as part of the same phenomenon as any manifestations of ethnic identity in the medieval period, and is fundamentally irrelevant in considering that period.