War and Peace in Ancient and Medieval History

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Philip de Souza, John France
Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 2008 - History
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This is a major study of the ideas and practices involved in the making and breaking of peace treaties and truces from Classical Greece to the time of the Crusades. Leading specialists on war and peace in ancient and medieval history examine the creation of peace agreements, and explore the extent to which their terms could be manipulated to serve the interests of one side at the other's expense. The chapters discuss a wide range of uses to which treaties and other peace agreements were put by rulers and military commanders in pursuit of both individual and collective political aims. The book also considers the wider implications of these issues for our understanding of the nature of war and peace in the ancient and medieval periods. This broad-ranging account includes chapters on ancient Persia, the Roman and Byzantine Empires, Anglo-Saxon England and the Vikings.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Making and breaking treaties in the Greek world 1
6
3 War peace and diplomacy in GraecoPersian relations from the sixth to the fourth century BC
28
4 Treaties allies and the Roman conquest of Italy
51
Roman emperors as peacemakers
76
6 Treatymaking in Late Antiquity
107
good faith trust and cooperation in international relations in Late Antiquity
120
8 Treaties between Byzantium and the Islamic world
141
9 Siege conventions in Western Europe and the Latin East
158
AngloSaxon peacemaking with vikings
173
war and treaties in twelfthcentury Europe
193
Bibliography
211
Index
233
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