Logistics is a central concern for military strategists, but the study of logistics in the past entails far more than merely military aspects. The study of resources and their production, distribution and consumption in pre-modern societies, of road-networks and communications, and of transportation, is an essential precondition, so that the study of logistics is also the study of pre-industrial social, economic and spatial organisation. This volume presents a series of papers dealing with the methodological, technical and historical issues associated with the study of logistics in all its aspects, and in particular demonstrates the value of modern computer-modelling and of integrating archaeological, historical and environmental research techniques and agendas into a common project.
About the Author
John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History in the Department of History, Princeton University. He studied at Birmingham, Athens and Munich, and has written numerous books and articles on many aspects of late Roman and Byzantine social and institutional history and on the comparative history of pre-modern states.
Table of Contents
Note from the PublisherForewordList of ContributorsIntroduction. Why model logistical systems?, John Haldon1. Who’s in command here? The digital basis of historical, military logistic, Vincent Gaffney2. Network analysis and logistics: applied topology, Malcolm Wagstaff3. The Tiber Valley project: archaeology, comparative survey and history, Helen Patterson4. Palaeoecology and landscape reconstruction in the eastern Mediterranean: theory and practice, Warren Eastwood5. Land use and settlement: theoretical approaches, Johannes Koder6. Predicting communication routes, Gino Bellavia7. Modelling agricultural production. A methodology for predicting land use and populations, Helen Goodchild8. Filling the gap: supporting landscape investigation, Steve Wilkes9. Superiority of numbers: methodologies for modelling the behaviour of armies, Helen Gaffney10. Modelling logistics: integrative technologies, Ron YorstonConclusion, John HaldonIndex