Not direct impact, but without Byzantium the Turks or their predecessors would've overrun eastern Europe centuries early.
Found this - unfortunately I can't tell you if any on the list are any good:
Actually if it hadn't been for the Byzantine empire the Arab conquest of the Med may have continued on the Greek/European side - they had first attacked Constantinople in 674, well before those upstart Turks!
Additionally, IMO the fall of Constantinople was significantly responsible for the Renaissance in Europe, not least the flood of refugees with their libraries of Greek texts to allied Venice and Genoa.
I read a terrific trilogy of 'Byzantine'* history non fiction by John Norwich. Absolutely ace.
*It's not 'Byzantine'. It's Roman. Any citizen of the 'Byzantine' empire would have been deeply offended by that notion. He would have turned on the speaker and said "There is no Byzantine Empire, I am a citizen of the Roman Empire." The Roman Empire fell in 1453 AD. If you must differentiate then perhaps 'the post Rome Roman Empire?'
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