The Byzantine Wars

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History Press, 2008 - History - 235 pages
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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 again a power to be reckoned with that soon recovered its position as the paramount East Mediterranean and Balkan power, an empire whose fabulous wealth attracted Viking mercenaries and central Asian nomad warriors to its armies, whose very appearance on the field of battle was sometimes enough to bring enemies to terms. This book provides essential support for those interested in Byzantine history in general as well as a useful corrective to the more usual highly romanticized views of Byzantine civilization.

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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 ... Read full review

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John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History at Princeton University. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the worlds leading experts on Byzantine history and his other books include Byzantium: A History.. Born in Britain, he now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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