China[ edit ] An Eastern Han glazed ceramic statue of a horse with bridle and halter headgear, from Sichuan , late 2nd century to early 3rd century AD Further east, the military history of China , specifically northern China , held a long tradition of intense military exchange between Han Chinese infantry forces of the settled dynastic empires and the mounted nomads or "barbarians" of the north. The naval history of China was centered more to the south, where mountains, rivers, and large lakes necessitated the employment of a large and well-kept navy. The Chinese recognized early on during the Han Dynasty BC — AD that they were at a disadvantage in lacking the number of horses the northern nomadic peoples mustered in their armies. Emperor Wu of Han r —87 BC went to war with the Dayuan for this reason, since the Dayuan were hoarding a massive amount of tall, strong, Central Asian bred horses in the Hellenized — Greek region of Fergana established slightly earlier by Alexander the Great. Cavalry tactics in China were enhanced by the invention of the saddle-attached stirrup by at least the 4th century, as the oldest reliable depiction of a rider with paired stirrups was found in a Jin Dynasty tomb of the year AD.
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Start your review of Byzantine Cavalryman c. As the title indicates, this concentrates on the cavalry arm of the Byzantine army. The main shortcoming of the previous volume was that it was highly theoretical and based largely on the 10th century military manuals with very little information on what actually happened as opposed to the theoretical version of events proposed in the military manuals.
To be fair, most Byzantine chroniclers were more interested in campaigns than battles and thus the literature on military life is poor, but there are snippets available.
This volume corrects that, and Dawson looks at a much wider range of literature, in part because more information is available on the cavalry, and in part because it seems that Dr. Dawson has become better acquainted with the material. However, this volume has some serious flaws. It contains so many basic factual errors that I am forced to give it three stars. In this case, I suspect that Dawson does know what he is doing, but that does not excuse a sloppy book.
For example, he claims that Constantine made a new imperial capital at Constantinople, but this is not the case. He also claims that Syria and Egypt fell due to religious dissatisfaction, but the situation is far more complicated than that, as Walter Kaegi has demonstrated.
Dawson says in the text, despite contradicting his own chronological table, that Basil II took power in He took power in In sum, this book is rife with historical error, but represents a slight step forward for Dr. Dawson from his last book. Most of the mistakes could be cleared up by some better research, a proofread by a proper textual historian, and perhaps a better editor.
Byzantine Cavalryman C.900-1204 (Osprey Warrior)
Start your review of Byzantine Cavalryman c. As the title indicates, this concentrates on the cavalry arm of the Byzantine army. The main shortcoming of the previous volume was that it was highly theoretical and based largely on the 10th century military manuals with very little information on what actually happened as opposed to the theoretical version of events proposed in the military manuals. To be fair, most Byzantine chroniclers were more interested in campaigns than battles and thus the literature on military life is poor, but there are snippets available.
Byzantine Cavalryman c.900–1204
Add to Wishlist About this Product Regarded as the elite arm of the military during the Middle Byzantine period, the cavalry executed high speed reconnaissance, agile arrow barrages and crippling blows to enemy formations. Its ranks were filled primarily through direct recruitment or hereditary service by holders of military lands, but in times of crisis irregulars would be temporarily enlisted. Offering a thorough and detailed examination of their training, weaponry, dress and daily life, this book re-affirms the importance of cavalry troops in military victories of the period. Making use of original Greek source material, and featuring unpublished manuscript images, this follow-on volume to Warrior Byzantine Infantryman c.
Byzantine army (Komnenian era)
Doudal Komnenian armies were also often reinforced by allied contingents from the Principality of AntiochSerbia and Hungary, yet even so they generally consisted of about two-thirds Byzantine troops to one-third foreigners. Again, the fear cavalrymn empowering effective revolts was largely behind these subdivisions. Parthian armies repeatedly clashed with the Roman legions in a series of wars, featuring the heavy usage of cataphracts. When the Byzantines had to make a frontal assault against a strong infantry position, the wedge was their preferred formation for charges. Ninja AD Stephen Turnbull. Lists of warsrevolts and civil warsand battles. Tactics, organization and equipment had been largely modified to deal with the Persians.