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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    Byzantium and Its Army, 284-1081
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Warren T. Treadgold
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 284
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 370 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804731638
    ISBN 10: 0804731632
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D, 3F, 3H
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EEUROP, CULT/ASIAN
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000
    DC22: 355
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAZ
    B&T Approval Code: A14203030
    BIC subject category V2: 3H, 3D, 3F, 1QDAZ
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    DC21: 355.009495
    Thema V1.0: JW, TTM, NHDJ
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    1 half-tone 10 maps
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    01 May 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Author Information
    Warren Treadgold is Professor of History at Florida International University.
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    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?
    Table of contents
    Tables and maps; Introduction; 1. The Roman army's second millennium; 2. Numbers; 3. Structures; 4. Pay; 5. The army and society; 6. The army and the state; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.