The Byzantine Empire was almost always ready to fight, and often fought for its life. During much of its history its provinces were military districts called themes, and acclamation by the army, not coronation or inheritance, was what made a man emperor. The army overthrew twenty-odd rulers, and tried to oust many more. It was large and expansive but on the whole it served its purpose well. Over eight centuries, despite losing a surprising number of battles, the army succeeded in preserving both itself and Byzantium. In view of its importance in Byzantine history, it is surprising that this volume is the first general book on the Byzantine army in any language. The author traces the army’s impact on the Byzantine state and society from the army’s reorganization under Diocletian (284-305) until its disintegration in the aftermath of the battle of Manzikert (1071). He suggests solutions to some major unresolved questions of Byzantine military history: how big was the army, how was it organized, how much of it was cavalry, how much was it paid, how was it supplied, when and why did it receive land grants in the themes, and why, after surviving so many disasters, did it fail to survive the not particularly disastrous eleventh century?
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Warren Treadgold is Professor of History at Florida International University.
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Buchbeschreibung Stanford Univ Pr, 1995. Broschiert. Buchzustand: Gut. 250 Seiten Das Buch befindet sich in einem ordentlich erhaltenen Zustand; Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 340. Artikel-Nr. 1427761
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Antiquarian. Stanford University Press, Stanford, n.d.(>1995). XIII,250p. ills.(B&W maps and plans). Paperback. Initials stamp, date and personal library stamp on free endpaper. 'Tratgold's work is intended as a limited study focusing on .'the main evidence for understanding the army's role in Byzantine history - chiefly the army's size, organization and pay, to be of use to those interested in Byzantium or its army, and the result is an invaluable guide. T.'s approach is to focus on the ancient sources and the figures they provide for the army's numbers, rather than on modern estimates of 'probable' size, and he produces a remarkably consistent picture to support his adoption of this method.' (ADRIAN GOLDSWORTHY in The Journal of Roman Studies, 1998, p.210). Antiquarian. Artikel-Nr. 49063