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War and Peace in Ancient and Medieval History


Philip de Souza, John France, P. J. Rhodes, Eduard Rung, J. W. Rich, A. D. Lee, Michael Whitby, Catherine Holmes, Richard Abels, Esther Pascua
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521174145

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  • This is a major study of the ideas and practices involved in the making and breaking of peace treaties and truces from Classical Greece to the time of the Crusades. Leading specialists on war and peace in ancient and medieval history examine the creation of peace agreements, and explore the extent to which their terms could be manipulated to serve the interests of one side at the other's expense. The chapters discuss a wide range of uses to which treaties and other peace agreements were put by rulers and military commanders in pursuit of both individual and collective political aims. The book also considers the wider implications of these issues for our understanding of the nature of war and peace in the ancient and medieval periods. This broad-ranging account includes chapters on ancient Persia, the Roman and Byzantine Empires, Anglo-Saxon England and the Vikings.

    • Features contributions by leading experts on war and peace in the ancient and medieval world
    • Covers a range of civilisations from Classical Greece to the Crusader states
    • Will appeal to military historians and scholars of ancient and medieval history
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521174145
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Philip de Souza and John France
    2. Making and breaking treaties in the Greek world P. J. Rhodes
    3. War, peace and diplomacy in Graeco-Persian relations from the sixth to the fourth century BC Eduard Rung
    4. Treaties, allies and the Roman conquest of Italy J. W. Rich
    5. Parta victoriis pax: Roman emperors as peacemakers Philip de Souza
    6. Treaty-making in late antiquity A. D. Lee
    7. Byzantine diplomacy: good faith, trust and co-operation in international relations in late antiquity Michael Whitby
    8. Treaties between Byzantium and the Islamic world Catherine Holmes
    9. Siege conventions in Western Europe and the Latin East John France
    10. Paying the Danegeld: Anglo-Saxon peacemaking with Vikings Richard Abels
    11. Peace among equals: twelfth-century European treaties Esther Pascua.

  • Editors

    Philip de Souza, University College Dublin

    John France, University of Wales, Swansea


    Philip de Souza, John France, P. J. Rhodes, Eduard Rung, J. W. Rich, A. D. Lee, Michael Whitby, Catherine Holmes, Richard Abels, Esther Pascua

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