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The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire

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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, 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. Yet it was the western empire that dissolved during the fifth century. The Byzantine empire so greatly outlasted its western counterpart because its rulers were able to adapt strategically to diminished circumstances, by devising new ways of coping with successive enemies. It relied less on military strength and more on persuasion--to recruit allies, dissuade threatening neighbors, and manipulate potential enemies into attacking one another instead. Even when the Byzantines fought--which they often did with great skill--they were less inclined to destroy their enemies than to contain them, for they were aware that today's enemies could be tomorrow's allies. Born in the fifth century when the formidable threat of Attila's Huns were deflected with a minimum of force, Byzantine strategy continued to be refined over the centuries, incidentally leaving for us several fascinating guidebooks to statecraft and war.

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.

Book News Annotation:

Impressive in scope and engagingly written, this volume presents a coherent, knowledgeable account of Byzantine military organization, history, arts of war, naval warfare, and its varied enemies over time. Rather than a chronological history, the material is divided into accounts of specific topics, events, and enemies, giving the reader a feel for the context of the time, whether in terms of the Bulgarians, dynastic marriages, the relationship of religion and rule, or the methods used by Justinian to establish the empire. Throughout, Luttwak zeroes in on Byzantine strategy in military matters, describing how they thought of themselves and others, and how their reactions to various situations showed a long view and a willingness to negotiate rather than confront. The chapters on military manuals expand these concepts, which are then demonstrated in action in the chapter on the 7th-century battles of Heraklios against the Persians. Belknap Press is an imprint of Harvard U. Press. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Honorable Mention, 2009 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, Classics and Ancient History Category

About the Author

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

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Table of Contents

  • List of Maps
  • Preface
  • I. The Invention of Byzantine Strategy
    • 1. Attila and the Crisis of Empire
    • 2. The Emergence of the New Strategy
  • II. Byzantine Diplomacy: The Myth and the Methods
    • 3. Envoys
    • 4. Religion and Statecraft
    • 5. The Uses of Imperial Prestige
    • 6. Dynastic Marriages
    • 7. The Geography of Power
    • 8. Bulghars and Bulgarians
    • 9. The Muslim Arabs and Turks
  • III. The Byzantine Art of War
    • 10. The Classical Inheritance
    • 11. The Strategikon of Maurikios
    • 12. After the Strategikon
    • 13. Leo VI and NavalWarfare
    • 14. The Tenth-Century Military Renaissance
    • 15. 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
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index of Names
  • General Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674035195
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Author:
Luttwak, Edward
Author:
Luttwak, Edward N.
Subject:
Imperialism -- History -- To 1500.
Subject:
Byzantine Empire History, Military.
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Military-Strategy Tactics and Deception
Subject:
History : Military - General
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations/General
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
November 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 maps
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Strategy Tactics and Deception
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Byzantium
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Byzantium
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Honorable Mention, 2009 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, Classics and Ancient History Category
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