Examines the strategies and military tactics of the Byzantines and their enemies in Eastern Anatolia, Syria and in Upper Mesopotamia in the tenth century. The period of conflict is difficult to define. It was too inactive to be called a "war," but too active to be called a "cold war." Nevertheless, it was a "war," even if it lacked the numerous pitched battles or protracted sieges that defined other periods or other operational theaters of war. This study examines the way the Byzantines innovated and adapted their strategies and tactics to those of their enemies in the East, giving a rich picture of tenth-century Byzantine warfare.
Acknowledgements List of rulers Map 1 Anatolia and Upper Mesopotamia Map 2 Armenian themes and principalities. Introduction The "grand strategy" of the Byzantine Empire Byzantine and Arab strategies and campaigning tactics in Cilicia and Anatolia (eighth-tenth centuries) The Empire's foreign policy in the East and the key role of Armenia (c.870-965) The Byzantine view of their enemies on the battlefield: the Arabs Methods of transmission of (military) knowledge (I): reconnaissance, intelligence Methods of transmission of (military) knowledge (II): espionage Tactical changes in the Byzantine armies of the tenth century: theory and practice on the battlefields of the East Tactical changes in the Byzantine armies of the tenth century: investigating the root causes Byzantine-Arab battles of the tenth century: evidence of innovation and adaptation in the chronicler sources Tactical innovation and adaptation in the Byzantine army of the tenth century: the study of the battles. Summaries and conclusions. Primary bibliography Secondary bibliography Index.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 308-340) and indexes.
Electronic version: Theotokis, Georgios. Byzantine military tactics in Syria and Mesopotamia in the 10th century.