THE GRAND STRATEGY OF THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE

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Harvard University Press, Nov 1, 2009 - History - 498 pages
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In this book, the distinguished writer Edward Luttwak presents the grand strategy of the eastern Roman empire we know as Byzantine, which lasted more than twice as long as the more familiar western Roman empire. The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire is a broad, interpretive account of Byzantine strategy, intelligence, and diplomacy over the course of eight centuries that will appeal to scholars, classicists, military history buffs, and professional soldiers.
  

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Review: The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

I was very disappointed with this book. The Byzantine Empire has a fascinating history and faced many seemingly insurmountable challenges over the course of its existence. I thought a book that ... Read full review

Review: The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire

User Review  - Mick Maye - Goodreads

A little simplistic at times, but overall a fairly well written and researched books. I enjoyed reading this. Read full review

Contents

The Invention of Byzantine Strategy
1
Attila and the Crisis of Empire
17
The Emergence of the New Strategy
49
Byzantine Diplomacy The Myth and the Methods
95
Envoys
97
Religion and Statecraft
113
The Uses of Imperial Prestige
124
Dynastic Marriages
137
After the Strategikon
304
Leo VI and Naval Warfare
322
The TenthCentury Military Renaissance
338
Strategic Maneuver Herakleios Defeats Persia
393
Grand Strategy and the Byzantine Operational Code
409
Was Strategy Feasible in Byzantine Times?
421
Emperors from Constantine I to Constantine XI
423
Glossary
427

The Geography of Power
145
Bulghars and Bulgarians
171
The Muslim Arabs and Turks
197
The Byzantine Art of War
235
The Classical Inheritance
239
The Strategikon of Maurikios
266

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About the author (2009)

Edward N. Luttwak is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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