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Dr Alan Harvey

Senior Lecturer in History

Contact details:
Department of Humanities
Northumbria University
Lipman Building, room 328
Newcastle upon Tyne
phone: +44 (0) 191 227 3727
fax: +44 (0) 191 227 3696  


PhD Birmingham University
MA Medieval History London University
BA History London University

Teaching Interests

Pre-industrial Empires
Jews, Muslims and Christians in the middle ages
Byzantium and the crusades c.1050-c.1210
Italy and the eastern Mediterranean c. 1210-c.1500

Research Interests

The economic history of the Byzantine Empire, especially from the tenth century.


Economic expansion in the Byzantine Empire 900-1200 (Cambridge University Press, 1990).

‘The economy’ in J. Harris (ed), Palgrave Advances in Byzantine Studies (Palgrave, 2005).

‘Competition for economic resources: the state, landowners and taxation’, Crisis in the eleventh century? Byzantium 1025-1081 (National Research Foundation, Athens, 2003).

‘The Byzantine Empire’, in J. Mokyr (ed), The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history (Oxford, New York, 2003).

‘Economic conditions in Thessaloniki between the two Ottoman occupations’, in A. Cowan (ed), Mediterranean urban culture 1400-1700 (Exeter University Press, 2000).

‘The Middle Byzantine economy: growth or stagnation?’ Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 19 (1995).

‘The land and taxation in the reign of Alexios I Komnenos: the evidence of Theophylakt of Ochrid’, Revue des Etudes Byzantine, 51 (1993).

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