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Byzantine Wars

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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 a

Paperback, 208 pages
Published by Arcadia Publishing (SC) (first published May 1st 2013)
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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 ...more
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.
Альберто Лорэдо
Light account of main Byzantine battles, easy to read and interesting throughout.
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.
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.
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.
Covers alot of campaigns, though in uneven detail.
Did not enjoy this, found it somewhat boring.
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John Haldon is Shelby Cullom Davis '30 Professor of European History, and Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies. He has been Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department since July 2009. His research centers on the socio-economic, institutional, political and cultural history of the early and middle Byzantine empire from the seventh to the eleventh centuries. He also works ...more
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Byzantium at War: AD 600-1453 Byzantium: A History Warfare, State and Society in the Byzantine World 565-1204 The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies The Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History

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