Byzantine Warfare

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-04-28
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Warfare was an integral part of the operations of the medieval eastern Roman, or Byzantine, empire, both in its organisation, as well as in social thinking and political ideology. This volume presents a selection of articles dealing with key aspects of Byzantine attitudes to war and violence, with military administration and organisation at tactical and strategic levels, weapons and armaments and war-making itself; discussions which make an important contribution to answering the questions of how and why the empire survived as long as it did.

Table of Contents

Series preface
Ideas and Attitudes to Warfare
On just war in Byzantium
Fighting for Christianity
Holy war in the Byzantine empire
Defenders of the Christian people: holy war in Byzantium
Financing Warfare, Recruitment
Military service, military lands and the status of soldiers: current problems and interpretations
Middle-Byzantine provincial recruits: salary and armament
The Byzantine army and the land: from stratiotikon ktema to military pronoia
The uses of the Franks in 11th-centiry Byzantium
Organisation, Tactics and Strategy: The Byzantines in battle
The contribution of archery to the Turkish conquest of Anatolia
Some thoughts on Byzantine military strategy
The frontier: barrier or bridge?
The Balkans in the 9th century: barrier or bridge?
The defense of Byzantine Anatolia during the reign of Irene (780-802)
Infantry versus cavalry: the Byzantine response
The battles of Dorostolon (971). Rhetoric and reality
Weapons and Armour: Some aspects of early Byzantine arms and armour
Suntagma hoplôn: the equipment of regular Byzantine troops, c. 950 to c. 1204
Byzantine logistics: problems and perspectives
The organisation and support of an expeditionary force: manpower and logistics in the middle
Byzantine period
Fortifications and Siege Warfare: Artillery in late antiquity: prelude to the Middle Ages
10th-century Byzantine offensive siege warfare: instructional prescriptions and historical practice
Byzantine siege warfare in theory and practice
Spies and Prisoners of War: Diplomacy and espionage: their role in Byzantine foreign relations, 8th-10th centuries
In the depths of 10th-century Byzantine ceremonial: the treatment of Arab prisoners of war at imperial banquets
Name index
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