Few historians have argued so forcefully or persuasively as Bernard
S. Bachrach for the study of warfare as not only worthy of
scholarly attention, but demanding of it. In his many publications
Bachrach has established unequivocally the relevance of military
institutions and activity for an understanding of medieval European
societies, polities, and mentalities. In so doing, as much as any
scholar of his generation, he has helped to define the status
quaestionis for the field of medieval military history. The
Medieval Way of War: Studies in Medieval Military History in Honor
of Bernard S. Bachrach pays tribute to its honoree by gathering in
a single volume seventeen original studies from an international
roster of leading experts in the military history of medieval
Europe. Ranging chronologically from Late Antiquity through the
Later Middle Ages (ca. AD 300-1500), and with a broad geographical
scope stretching from the British Isles to the Middle East, these
diverse studies address an array of critical themes and debates
relevant to the conduct of war in medieval Europe. These themes
include the formation and implementation of military grand
strategies; the fiscal, material, and administrative resources that
underpinned the conduct of war in medieval Europe; and religious,
legal, and artistic responses to military violence. Collectively,
these seventeen studies embrace the interdisciplinarity and topical
diversity intrinsic to Bachrach's research. Additionally, they
strongly echo his conviction that the study of armed conflict is
indispensable for an accurate and comprehensive understanding of
medieval European history.
|Country of origin:
Gregory I. Halfond
||Electronic book text
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