The list author says: "This list is intended to show primarily the best overall surveys of the Later Roman Empire. A few books on a specific topic will be included, but only when I feel like it. I can be capricious. It's my list."
"Covers Septimius Severus to Constantine Palaiologos (AD 193-1453). The classic books by Britain's greatest historian. Rather outdated now since they were first published in the 18th Century. The section on the Byzantines in particular has been surpassed by later works."
"Covers Honorius/Arcadius to Zeno (AD 395-491). J.B. Bury was the premier Late Romanist and Byzantinist (though he'd hate that term) of the 19th Century. In addition to these three sets of books he was responsible for reediting Gibbon's work to bring the footnotes up to date."
"Covers Justinian to Irene (AD 565-802). This is the point beyond which the Bury's Eastern Roman Empire is definitely Byzantine. He resented that term, but it is still the simplest way of differentiating between Eastern Rome, Western Rome, Rome Rome, and the Holy Roman Empire."
"This is basically one long argument for the idea that a string of civil wars was what brought the empire down. It argues this through a narrative history of the period from Severus to Romulus Augustulus. Goldsworthy is primary a Republican classicist so this is somewhat out of his area of expertise."
"This book is about the question of how Rome fell. It is a basic narrative of the fifth century told with a view to arguing that it was the string of barbarian invasions compelled by the Hunnic advance that led to the collapse of Rome."
"Ward-Perkin's book is less concerned with why Rome fell than in proving that it did. He argues that the fall of the western empire had severe consequences for the average inhabitants of the empire and did indeed represent a significant decline."
"A look at Rome's Gothic wars, with more of a focus on Alaric and the sack of Rome. A good read, but it needed to be longer and include more. Alaric wasn't the end of the Goths but the beginning. From his time on they were major players in the running of the Empire."
"Covers Constantine through Irene (AD 330-802). A basic narrative history of the Byzantine Empire focusing on the imperial figure. Not particularly deep, but very well written. He ends the first section with the acclamation of Charlemagne. Not sure the Byzantines would have cared about that, but it makes sense in the west."
"Covers Constantine VI through Michael Doukas (AD 802-1078). This continues Norwich's Byzantium trilogy. It starts with the recovery of Byzantine territory from the Muslims and Bulgars and ends with the defeat at Manzikert and the failure to recover."
"Covers Alexios Comnenus through Constantine Palaiologos (AD 1078-1453). Deals with the reforms of the Comneni and the eventual sacking of the city as well as their temporary recovery and final conquest by the Turks."
"The emperor at the beginning of the change. Severus is generally seen as either the last of the old style emperors or, more often, the first of the new. He increased the power of the army, but it really took the 3rd Century to change Rome into something different."
"This book explores the changes that Diocletian made to the empire. It does a very good job of laying out the tetrarchic system. A companion book on Cosntantine would be nice, but there isn't really one since book that sums up everything about that man."