Includes bibliographical references (pages -490) and indexes.
The invention of Byzantine strategy. Attila and the crisis of empire ; The emergence of the new strategy ; Byzantine diplomacy : the myth and the methods. Envoys ; Religion and statecraft ; The uses of imperial prestige ; Dynastic marriages ; The geography of power ; Bulghars and Bulgarians ; The Muslim Arabs and Turks -- The Byzantine art of war. The classical inheritance ; The Strategikon of Maurikios ; After the Strategikon ; Leo VI and naval warfare ; The tenth-century military renaissance ; Strategic maneuver : Herakleios defeats Persia-- Grand strategy and the Byzantine "operational code" -- Appendix. Was strategy feasible in Byzantine times? -- Emperors from Constantine I to Constantine XI.