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The legal aspects of the Stefan Dušan`s involvement in the civil war
in Byzantium 1341-1354
Published Online, Sylff Research Fellow (2011)
Within the scope of the corpus of literature and official documents from the time of the Palaiologoi dynasty the relations of Byzantine rulers with Serbian ruler Stefan Dušan in terms of the quantity of the material are far more represented than any other similar “Serbian theme”. In the works of the contemporary byzantine historiographers, Nikephoros Gregoras and John Kantakouzenos, the involvement of Stefan Dušan into the byzantine internal affairs during the period 1341-1354 is a matter of the highest importance, just as it was in the contemporary politic praxis. The analysis of the relation of the real politics of Byzantine-Serbian relations and almost literally contemporary historiography discourse is of a crucial meaning within the framework of a more general analysis of Byzantine views on Serbs in the epoch of the first Palaologoi. In that sense the problem of legal aspects of the Stefan Dušan`s involvement in the civil war of 1341 appears as a legitimate goal for a research, as far as is their echo in the works of contemporary or near-contemporary Byzantine and Italian historiography.