[PDF/EBOOK] The Byzantine Art of War BY Michael J. Decker


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The Byzantine Art of War

The Byzantine Art of War explores the military history of the thousand year empire of the eastern Mediterranean Byzantium Throughout its history the empire faced a multitude of challenges from foreign invaders seeking to plunder its wealth and to occupy its lands from the deadly Hunnic hordes of Attila to the Arab armies of Islam to the western Crusaders bent on carving out a place in the empire or its former lands In order to survive the Byzantines relied on their army that was for centuries the only standing professional force in Europe Leadership provided another key to survival; Byzantine society produced a number of capable strategic thinkers and. Good book on the methods and means of warfare of the Byzantine Empire aka the Later Roman Empire The main theme was that the Empire continued the Roman practice of adapting euipment and tactics from their adversaries to remain victorious There wasa tendency to concentrate on the middle periods Macedonian dynasty and early medieval of the Empire but that is understandable given the long spread of time considered The best chapter was a detailed look at the major enemies of Byzantium with consideration on what the Empire learned from each group

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Tacticians and several brilliant ones These officers maintained a level of professionalism and organization inherited and adapted from Roman models The innovations of the Byzantine military reforms of the sixth century included the use of steppe nomad euipment and tactics the most important of which was the refinement of the Roman mounted archer Strategy and tactics evolved in the face of victory and defeat; the shock of the Arab conuests led to a sharp decline in the number and uality of imperial forces By the eighth and ninth centuries Byzantine commanders mastered the art of the small war waging guerrilla campaigns raids and flying column attacks. This is a great read if you are into Byzantine history The book is split by chapters that talk about different aspects of Byzantine warfareleadership tacticsweapons and armors and what type of men they had available for service Another thing that I find neat about this is that the Author talks a little about the currency they give the men I wish he went in a little detail about the monetary system of the empire The maps are top notch and really help with understanding the empires strategy and ambitions during the time period they show The main problem of the book it shows the empire from conception too death and it doesn t flesh out each individual time period just an overview of all of them

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That injured the enemy but avoided the decisive confrontation the empire was no longer capable of winning A century later they began the most sustained glorious military expansion of their history This work further sketches the key campaigns battles and sieges that illustrate Byzantine military doctrine vital changes from one era to another the composition of forces and the major victories and defeats that defined the territory and material well being of its citizens Through a summary of their strategies tactics and innovations in the tools of war the book closes with an analysis of the contributions of this remarkable empire to world military history. This was a great summary of how the Late Roman Empire conducted operations The description of their forces and training was outstanding I wish that Decker would have spent time describing how their tactical and operational abilities fit into a Grand Strategy


8 thoughts on “The Byzantine Art of War

  1. says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book Some of the chapters were really good and had me comparing this to an Osprey man at arms book I like th

  2. says:

    Good book on the methods and means of warfare of the Byzantine Empire aka the Later Roman Empire The main theme was that the Empire continued the Roman practice of adapting euipment and tactics from their adversaries to remain victorious There wasa tendency to concentrate on the middle periods Macedonian dynasty and early medieval of the Empire but that is understandable given the long spread of time considered The bes

  3. says:

    This is a great broken down by subject overview of how the Byzantine army came to adapt from calamity to success on multiple occasion

  4. says:

    This is a great read if you are into Byzantine history The book is split by chapters that talk about different aspects of Byzantine

  5. says:

    This was a great summary of how the Late Roman Empire conducted operations The description of their forces and

  6. says:

    The Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire survived for almost a thousand years after the fall of the Western Empire in 476 Too often forgotten by historians and often not known at all by the public the Byzantine Empire waxed waned waxed

  7. says:

    Lots of information in this wonderful book Michael J Decker has a very engaging writing style Easy to read and follow The book has great maps but this is not a book for the novice history reader I especially enjoyed the description of the uniforms and protective gear that was used by the soldiers of this era The strategies and tactics in many cases are still applicable today If you do not have a basic knowledge of the

  8. says:

    A solid book in need of a good editor I will be publishing a full review professionally so it will not appear here for the moment

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