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By John Reader

ISBN-10: 0802142737

ISBN-13: 9780802142733

In Cities, the acclaimed historian John Reader takes us on a trip of the city—from its earliest instance within the historic close to East to today’s teeming facilities of compressed lifestyles, equivalent to Mumbai and Tokyo. towns are domestic to part the planet’s inhabitants and eat approximately three-quarters of its average assets. For Reader, they're our so much ordinary artifacts, the civic spirit of our collective ingenuity. He offers us the ecological and sensible context of ways towns developed all through human history—the connection among pottery making and childbirth in old Anatolia, plumbing and politics in historic Rome, and revolution and road making plans in nineteenth-century Paris. This illuminating learn is helping us to appreciate how city facilities thrive, decline, and upward push again—and prepares us for the function towns will play sooner or later.

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Furthermore, he decided to create a new archdiocese in the Danubian region which thus would be freed from the authority of the Archbishop of Salzburg. Since the elder brother Constantine died in Rome in 869, after receiving on his death bed the highest monastic rank and the name of “Cyril,” only Methodius was ordained by Hadrian II as Archbishop of Pannonia, with his see at Syrmium. The choice of that place is significant because it was situated at the extreme southern border of the Moravian State, near the Byzantine frontier and far away from the bases of German political and ecclesiastical power.

Only after his death, toward the end of the century, one of his brother's disciples developed that script of limited use into the well-known “Cyrillic” alphabet, combining Greek uncials with some additional signs for specifically Slavic sounds. In any case, the Slavs thus received their own alphabet, which contributed to their literary progress but at the same time created a lasting cultural difference, to a certain extent even a barrier, between those of them who remained faithful to that tradition, and all other European peoples, including those of the Slavs who eventually decided for the Latin alphabet.

But already in the early days of their settlements in regions well to the south of their original homeland, another problem proved to be of lasting importance. The problem of their relations with an entirely different people who simultaneously invaded the Byzantine Empire and after crossing the lower Danube settled permanently on imperial territory in the Balkans, but east of the Serbo-Croats, not at the Adriatic but at the Black Sea coast. These were the Bulgars or Bulgarians. The southern branch of that Turkish people, who as a whole had played such an important but rather transitory role in Eurasia and the steppes north of the Black Sea, had already mixed with the Slavic tribes of the Antes in that region.

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