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Αντωνία Κιουσοπούλου, Καθηγήτρια
Κατερίνα Νικολάου, Αναπληρώτρια καθηγήτρια
Διπλωματία και πόλεμος στο ύστερο Βυζάντιο: Η εξωτερική πολιτική του Ανδρόνικου Γ΄ Παλαιολόγου (1328-1341)
Diplomacy and war in late Byzantium: The foreign policy of Andronikos III Palaeologos (1328-1341)
The accession of Andronikos III Palaeologos to the throne as sole emperor in 1328 marked a small yet bright period in Byzantine foreign policy. During his reign (1328-1341) the empire faced the expansionist actions of the neighboring Balkan kingdoms of Serbia and Bulgaria, and the aggression and expansion, in the case of the Ottomans, of the Turkoman emirates, the disobedience of the Genoese rulers of Chios and Nea Focaea, as well as the imperative financial demands of the Venetians, the insurrectionary tendencies of the semi-autonomous Albanian tribes of the empire and, finally, the possibility of invasion by the Mongol troops of the Golden Horde. Andronikos III kept the diplomatic channel open with the papal court and the empire of Trebizond, and managed to integrate the territories of the hegemony of Epirus, thus achieving one of the main objectives of Palaeologan foreign policy.
By handling, in the majority of cases, the forces available to him to the best of his ability and making limited but appropriate use of diplomacy, he revived the power of the empire for the last time. Andronikos III led many medium and small-scale campaigns of a defensive and offensive nature in the relatively short period of his reign, not only maintaining the borders of the empire in relative terms but also extending them significantly.
Main subject category:
Andronikos III Palaeologos, byzantine empire, byzantine foreign policy, diplomacy, war
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Μιχαηλίδης Διπλωματική Εργασία.pdf
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