The Byzantine Wars

The Byzantine Wars This is a history of the wars between Byzantium and its numerous foes among them the Goths Arabs Slavs Crusaders and Ottoman Turks By the middle of the th century the Byzantine emperor ruled a m

  • Title: The Byzantine Wars
  • Author: John F. Haldon
  • ISBN: 9780752417950
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a history of the wars between Byzantium and its numerous foes, among them the Goths, Arabs, Slavs, Crusaders, and Ottoman Turks By the middle of the 6th century the Byzantine emperor ruled a mighty empire that straddled Europe, Asia, and North Africa Within 100 years, this powerful empire had been cut in half Two centuries later the Byzantine empire was once aThis is a history of the wars between Byzantium and its numerous foes, among them the Goths, Arabs, Slavs, Crusaders, and Ottoman Turks By the middle of the 6th century the Byzantine emperor ruled a mighty empire that straddled Europe, Asia, and North Africa Within 100 years, this powerful empire had been cut in half Two centuries later the Byzantine empire was once again a power to be reckoned with that soon recovered its position as the paramount East Mediterranean and Balkan power, an empire whose fabulous wealth attracted Viking mercenaries and central Asian nomad warriors to its armies, whose very appearance on the field of battle was sometimes enough to bring enemies to terms This book provides essential support for those interested in Byzantine history in general as well as a useful corrective to the usual highly romanticized views of Byzantine civilization.

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    1. Dr. Haldon has crafted an excellent introductory survey of Byzantine military history. Polybius himself would be proud to read the coherent and illuminating geographical descriptions provided in this book. An exceptional selection of maps accompany the many photos of the battle sites, as well as a useful glossary. The bibliography is atypical, and instead of simply providing citations, it provides some information on the sources and scholarly works, all intended to provide the reader with "furth [...]

    2. Content of the book can be summarized in following - development of Byzantine military thought, equipment and organization through the centuries. All these elements are more than adequately mirrored in results of numerous battles both won and lost.My only remark is a rather "dry" narrative (entire text feels like it was taken from some scholarly paper intended for the audience that knows the basic elements of the topic).Nevertheless great read with lots of information.

    3. Solid examination of the evolution of Byzantine military stragetgy and logistical concerns. Does an excellent job of showing the tention between an increased need for expensive cavalry and diminishing economic resources.

    4. it's refreshing to read a history of Byzantium that doesn't paint a story of loss after loss. the six hundred years covered by this book show the ups and downs and show a society able to bounce back time and time again.

    5. In this book, Haldon has neatly summarized for the general reader, as well as the specialist, the military history and development of Byzantine warfare from the 6th century to the 12th century in six chapters. Each chapter gives an overview of the strategy of the Byzantine state and army, followed by a brief summary of changes in tactics, equipment, and organization. Haldon then describes certain battles of each period, and how these exemplified the tactics and organization for each particular p [...]

    6. An excellent summary of the evolution of the Byzantine army. Introductions include the situation as it was in regards to the Byzantines and their enemy/ies, from economic to political, which are then followed by a description of the conflict in question and the aftermath.

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