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Siege warfare and military organization in the successor states : Byzantium, the West and Islam

Author: Leif Inge Ree Petersen
Publisher: Leiden : Brill, [2013]
Series: History of warfare, v. 91.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Siege Warfare follows the adaptation of late Roman military organization among successor states to 800 AD from Francia to the Caliphate, as siege technology, military infrastructure and administrative techniques throughout the Mediterranean derived from 4th and 5th century imperial innovations.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2013019487
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leif Inge Ree Petersen
ISBN: 9004254463 9789004254466 1299829651 9781299829657
OCLC Number: 859744803
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction. Historiography ; Methodological and theoretical approaches ; Sources and limitations ; Structure of the argument --
An age of transition: from the fall of the Roman West to the early middle ages. From late Roman to "barbarian" poliorcetics ; From emergency measures to new institutions ; Where did all the Romans go? The military implications of ethnogenesis ; Conclusion: from emergency measures to medieval institutions --
East Rome to Byzantium: survival and renewal of military institutions. Continuity and change in East Roman warfare and society, 450-800 ; Organization of siege warfare: the army ; The many faces of East Roman siege warfare: the example of the Anastasian War ; Organization of siege warfare: the militarization of society ; Conclusion --
The successor states in the West: Ostrogoths, Visigoths, and Lombards. The Ostrogoths, 493-554 ; The Visigoths in Spain, 508-711 ; The Lombards --
The last legions on the Rhine: siege warfare in the Frankish kingdoms. Frankish warfare and military organization in the 6th century ; The 7th century: ascendancy of military followings and proprietal warfare ; The Carolingian ascendancy in the 8th century ; Conclusion --
The anatomy of a siege: tactics and technology. Siege strategy and tactics: basic definitions ; Siege tactics ; Defensive responses ; Conclusion: towards a thick description of sieges --
The anatomy of a siege: economy, society and culture. The topographies of a siege ; The urban community at war ; Ending the siege ; Conclusion: deconstructing, or reconstructing, thin sources --
Appropriation of military infrastructure and knowledge. The Hunnic, Persian and Visigothic templates ; The Balkans, 530-825: from client assimilation to conquest appropriation and back ; The Arabs and Islam: Appropriating and domesticating the late antique system ; Conclusion: from appropriation to domestication --
Diffusion of the traction trebuchet. State of the question: historiography and technical aspects ; The philological evidence ; The diffusion of the traction trebuchet: the historical context ; Epilogue --
Appendix one: Reconstructing the Arab invasion of Palestine and Syria from contemporary sources and the importance of Arab siege warfare --
Appendix two: 'Iyad ibn-Ghanm's invasion of Armenia in 640 and the Arab capacity for storming cities without heavy siege engines --
Appendix three: Arab grand strategy, 663-669: 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Khalid's invasion, Saporios' revolt, and the battle for Anatolia.
Series Title: History of warfare, v. 91.
Responsibility: by Leif Inge Ree Petersen.

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