Walter Kaegi

Professor of History and the College
Voting Member of the Oriental Institute
PhD 1965 Harvard University

Social Science Research Bldg., room 512 – Office
(773) 702-8346 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Field Specialties

Byzantine and late Roman political, social, military, and religious structures; gistoriography; European military history and strategy; Byzantino-Islamic history.


Biography

Walter Kaegi's research concentrates on Byzantine and late Roman history, especially from the fourth through eleventh centuries,with special attention to the seventh century. He investigates relationships between Byzantium and the Near East, including Islam, military and historiographical subjects and their interrelationships with religion and thought. He seeks to set these researches in broader European and Mediterranean contexts. He is the co-founder of the Byzantine Studies Conference, the editor of the journal Byzantinische Forschungen, and past president of the U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies.


Publications

Byzantium and the Decline of Rome. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968; reprinted, 1970.

Byzantine Military Unrest 471-843: An Interpretation. Amsterdam and Las Palmas: A.M. Hakkert, 1981.

Army, Society and Religion in Byzantium. London: Variorum Revised Editions & Reprints, 1982.

Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992; paperback, 1995.

Heraclius Emperor of Byzantium. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Muslim Expansion and Byzantine Collapse in North Africa. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

"Confronting Islam: Emperors versus Caliphs, 641-c. 850." In The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire, c. 500-1492. Edited by Jonathan Shepard, 365-394. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

"Seventh-Century Identities: The Case of North Africa." In Visions of Community in the Post-Roman World: The West, Byzantium, and the Islamic World, 300-1100. Edited by W. Pohl and C. Gantner. R. Payne, 165-179. Farnham, Surrey, UK, and Burlington, VT, Ashgate, 2012.

"Some Thoughts on Byzantine Military Strategy." In Hellenic Studies Lecture for Ball State University. Brookline, MA: Hellenic College Press, 1983. Printed separately.

"Egypt on the Eve of the Muslim Conquest." In Cambridge History of Egypt. ediited by C. Petry, 34-61. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

"The Earliest Muslim Penetrations of Anatolia." In: Byzantine State and Society in Memory of Nikos Oikonomides. Edited by A. Avramea, A. Laiou, E. Chrysos, 269-282. Athens: National Hellenic Foundation, Center for Byzantine Studies, 2003.

"The Early Muslim Raids into Anatolia and the Byzantine Reactions under Emperor Constans II" In The Encounter of Eastern Christianity with Early Islam. Edited by Emmanouel Grypeou, Mark N. Swanson, David Thomas, 73-93. Leiden: Brill, 2006.

Several projects are occupying his research time: he is investigating Byzantine commercial relationships with the Arabian peninsula on the eve of the Islamic conquests. He is preparing an essay on Byzantium in the seventh century for an Oxford University Press handbook to Maximus the Confessor.  He is planning an investigation of the role of Byzantine concepts of strategy in the emergence of concepts of strategy in early modern Europe. He is writing a reassessment of Arnold J. Toynbee as a Byzantine historian.