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Author Luttwak, Edward.

Title The grand strategy of the Byzantine Empire / Edward N. Luttwak.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.


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Description xi, 498 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [473]-490) and index.
Contents pt. 1. The invention of Byzantine strategy -- Attila and the crisis of empire -- The emergence of the new strategy -- pt. 2. Byzantine diplomacy : the myth and the methods -- Envoys -- Religion and statecraft -- The uses of imperial prestige -- Dynastic marriages -- The geography of power -- Bulghars and Bulgarians -- The Muslim Arabs and Turks -- pt. 3. The Byzantine art of war -- The classical inheritance -- The strategikon of Maurikios -- After the strategikon -- Leo VI and naval warfare -- The tenth-century military renaissance -- Strategic maneuver : Herakleios defeats Persia -- Conclusion: Grand strategy and the Byzantine "operational code" -- Appendix: Was strategy feasible in Byzantine times? -- Emperors from Constantine I to Constantine XI -- Glossary.
Summary 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, eight hundred years by the shortest definition. This extraordinary endurance is all the more remarkable because the Byzantine empire was favored neither by geography nor by military preponderance. This book 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.
Subject Byzantine Empire -- Military policy.
Strategy -- History -- To 1500.
Military art and science -- History.
Imperialism -- History -- To 1500.
Byzantine Empire -- History, Military.
Byzantine Empire -- Foreign relations.
ISBN 0674035194 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780674062078 (pbk.)
9780674035195 (cloth : alk. paper)
0674062078 (pbk.)

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