One of the most disruptive events in the history of the Byzantine Empire was the Fourth Crusade (1202 – 1204), in which a crusader army conquered and destroyed the city of Constantinople, followed by an attempt to impose Western European states on the area.
How should we examine these events, and what sources can we use to reconstruct the Fourth Crusade and its aftermath? One of the most interesting books to come out recently about this topic is Colonizing Christianity: Greek and Latin Religious Identity in the Era of the Fourth Crusade, by George Demacopoulos. He looks at these events through the framework of colonialism. In this episode, George talks about his book and research.
George Demacopoulos is a Professor of Theology and Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University. Click here to view his university web page or follow him on Twitter @GDemacopoulos
Colonizing Christianity: Greek and Latin Religious Identity in the Era of the Fourth Crusade is published by Fordham University Press.
Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.
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Top Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France MS Français 5594 fol. 217r