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Warfare in late Byzantium, 1204-1453

Author: Savvas Kyriakidis
Publisher: Leiden : Brill, 2011.
Dissertation: Zugl.: Birmingham, Univ., Diss., 2007.
Series: History of warfare, 67.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertationView all editions and formats

Examining a wide body of sources this book offers a comprehensive analysis of late Byzantine attitudes to warfare and places late Byzantine military ethos, thought and practice in the wider  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Military history
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Savvas Kyriakidis
ISBN: 9789004206663 9004206663
OCLC Number: 734062309
Description: XV, 254 Seiten : Karten.
Contents: Acknowledgments ... ixNote on Transliteration ... xiAbbreviations ... xiiiMaps ... xviiIntroduction ... 1 1. Warfare and Imperial Propaganda ... 13 The inevitability of warfare ... 13 The militaristic ideology of Nicaea ... 16 Changes in the military profile of the emperor after the recovery of Constantinople ... 20 Andronikos II and the ideological importance of defensive wars against the Turks ... 25 The military profile of the emperor under Andronikos III and John VI Kantakouzenos ... 30 Fighting against impious barbarians and natural enemies ... 362. Commanders ... 45 The military character of the late Byzantine aristocracy ... 45 The role of Western European military ideals and practices ... 51 The effectiveness of Byzantine generals on the battlefield ... 60 The ideal leadership ... 693. Soldiers ... 75 Pronoia holders ... 75 The Allagia ... 82 The Nicaean frontier troops, the Proselantai and the Thelematarioi ... 93 The case of the despotate of the Morea ... 964. Mercenaries ... 101 The use of mercenaries ... 101 Categories of mercenaries ... 104 Byzantine attitudes towards mercenaries ... 1185. Campaigns ... 1376. Fortifications and Sieges ... 157 The role of fortifications ... 157 Siege warfare: The evidence of the written sources ... 170 The impact of gunpowder on Byzantine warfare ... 1877. Tactics ... 197 Late Byzantine cavalry and field tactics against Western Europeans ... 197 Battlefield Tactics against the Turks ... 203 Infantry ... 216Conclusion ... 221Glossary ... 229Bibliography: Primary Sources ... 231 Secondary Sources ... 234Index ... 245
Series Title: History of warfare, 67.
Responsibility: by Savvas Kyriakidis.


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