Byzantine Warfare

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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 ...
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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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I Ideas and Attitudes to Warfare: Introduction, T.S. Miller
On just war in Byzantium, A. Laiou
Fighting for Christianity. Holy war in the Byzantine empire, T.M. Kolbaba
Defenders of the Christian people: holy war in Byzantium, G.T. Dennis. Part II Financing Warfare, Recruitment: Military service, military lands and the status of soldiers: current problems and interpretations, J.F. Haldon
Middle Byzantine provincial recruits: salary and armament, N. Oikonomidès
The Byzantine army and the land: from stratiotikon ktema to military pronoia, P. Magdalino. Part III Organisation, Tactics and Strategy: The Byzantines in battle, G.T. Dennis
The contribution of archery to the conquest of Anatolia, W.E. Kaegi
Some thoughts on Byzantine military strategy, W.E. Kaegi, Jr.
The frontier: barrier or bridge?, W.E. Kaegi, Jr.
The Balkans in the 9th century: barrier or bridge?, D. Obolensky
The defense of Byzantine Anatolia during the reign of Irene (780-802), J.A. Arvites
Infantry versus cavalry: the Byzantine response, E. McGeer
The battles of Dorostolon (971). Rhetoric and reality, S. McGrath. Part IV Weapons and Armour: Some aspects of early Byzantine arms and armour, J.F. Haldon
Suntagma hoplĂ´n: the equipment of regular Byzantine troops, c. 950 to c. 1204, T. Dawson. Part V Logistics: Byzantine logistics: problems and perspectives, W.E. Kaegi
The organisation and support of an expeditionary force: manpower and logistics in the middle Byzantine period, J.F. Haldon. Part VI Fortifications and Siege Warfare: 10th-century Byzantine offensive siege warfare:instructional prescriptions and historical practice, D. Sullivan
Byzantine siege warfare in theory and practice, E. McGeer. Part VII Spies and Prisoners of War: Diplomacy and espionage: their role in Byzantine foreign relations, 8th-10th centuries, N. Koutrakou
Unofficial exchanges, purchases and emancipations of Byzantine and Arab war captives, R.A. Khouri al-Odetallah
In the depths of tenth-century Byzantine ceremonial: the treatment of Arab prisoners of war at imperial banquets, L
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