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A good and concise survey on Byzantine Warfare,
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John Haldon's book is a very well written and concise survey to warfare between the Byzantine state and the numerous enemies that it faced during its existence. The book explores the evolution and adaptation in Byzantine tactics sometimes painfully learned through defeat on the battle field and looks at several battles spanning the period from the late Roman period up to the late twelfth century with the Byzantine defeat at Myriokephalon in 1176 which is generally regarded as the beginning of the slow decline of the Empire until its end in 1453.
The book is therefore not a comprehensive and complete survey of Byzantine warfare or military history. It does not cover the last two and half centuries of the Byzantine Empire's existence which still witnessed a number of key battles which are note explored. Neither are the exploration of battles and campaigns before 1176 complete but selective.
Nevertheless it stands as a very accessible, interesting and readible book to be picked up by anyone with an interest in Byzantine military history and helps answer the central question as to why the Byzantine state adeptly preserved its existence for so long against numerous enemies.