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Warfare, state and society in the Byzantine world.
Haldon, John F.
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London : UCL Press, 1999.
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x, 389 p. : ill., maps.
Warfare and history.
Series Title:
Warfare and history.


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Book BILKUTUP0250443 U43.B9 H35 1999 Central Campus Library

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Warfare, State and Society in the Byzantine World is the first comprehensive study of warfare and the Byzantine world from the sixth to the twelfth century.
The book examines Byzantine attitudes to warfare, the effects of war on society and culture, and the relations between the soldiers, their leaders and society. The communications, logistics, resources and manpower capabilities of the Byzantine Empire are explored to set warfare in its geographical as well as historical context. In addition to the strategic and tactical evolution of the army, this book analyses the army in campaign and in battle, and its attitudes to violence in the context of the Byzantine Orthodox Church.
The Byzantine Empire has an enduring fascination for all those who study it, and Warfare, State and Society is a colourful study of the central importance of warfare within it.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviations of journals and collectionsp. viii
Mapsp. x
Introductionp. 1
1 Fighting for peace: attitudes to warfare in Byzantiump. 13
2 Warfare and the East Roman state: geography and strategyp. 34
3 Protect and survive: a brief history of East Roman strategic arrangementsp. 67
4 Organizing for war: the administration of military structuresp. 107
5 The army at war: campaignsp. 139
6 The army at war: combatp. 190
7 Warfare and societyp. 234
Warfare and society in Byzantium: some concluding remarksp. 275
1 Weights and loadsp. 281
2 Feeding armies: grainp. 284
3 Daily rationsp. 287
Notesp. 293
Bibliographyp. 369
Indexp. 377