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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 124. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, III$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263204

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263204.001.0001

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Dimitri Dimitrievich Obolensky, 1918–2001

Dimitri Dimitrievich Obolensky, 1918–2001

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(p.240) (p.241) (p.242) Dimitri Dimitrievich Obolensky, 1918–2001
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 124. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, III
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Jonathan Shepard

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263204.003.0014

By the time that he completed his fiftieth year, Dimitri Obolensky had been Professor of Russian and Balkan History at the University of Oxford for nearly seven years and had achieved distinction in a number of fields. But it was a work then in progress that drew together his literary and historical talents to spectacular effect, offering a new vision of the development of East European history across a thousand-year span. A well-paced narrative and reliable work of reference within a clear conceptual framework, The Byzantine Commonwealth is likely to remain indispensable for anyone interested in exploring the pre-modern history of Europe east of Venice and the Vistula. The distinctive texture of the book not only derives from its blend of careful scholarship and bold advocacy of an idea. There is also a tension, well contained, between the scrupulous presentation of the facts and possible interpretations arising from them and passionate recall of the religious affiliations and values that once had underlain eastern Christendom.

Keywords:   historian, East European history, The Byzantine Commonwealth, biography, Christendom

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