My dreams are simpler. All I want is to taste the tears of my enemies, see them driven before me, hear the laments of their women and the cries of their children.
Check this podcast: http://thehistoryofbyzantium.com/
There’s a lot about the first kingdom, and the population exchanges, especially. Fun fact – all of Greece was overrun with Slavs, the emperors transferred population from Asia Minor to restore greek culture. Just like they did with the Thessaloniki area in early 20th century.
@NikeBG – Aye, probably. Still, Constantinople was where the greatest threat was comming from. Can’t fault him for attempting to eliminate it.