The Bulgarian-Byzantine Wars for Early Medieval Balkan Hegemony: Silver-Lined Skulls and Blinded Armies

Springer, 10 Ιουλ 2017 - 363 σελίδες
This book provides an interpretive narrative of the wars fought by Bulgaria against the Byzantine Empire for dominant control of the Balkan Peninsula during the early medieval era. Over a span of two centuries, from the early ninth through the early eleventh, and under the leadership of the Bulgarian rulers Krum, Simeon I, and Samuil, those conflicts evolved from simple confrontations for territorial possession into a life-or-death struggle for imperial precedence within the Orthodox world then emerging in Eastern Europe—a struggle that the Bulgarians ultimately lost. The primary focus is on Bulgaria, rather than Byzantium, and an effort is made to provide a historically reliable chronology of the assorted campaigns. The various belligerents’ military organizations, defensive technologies, armaments, and tactics are surveyed in an introduction to the main narrative. A prelude chapter sets the stage for the hegemonic conflict, which was divided into three distinct phases by interludes of relative peace between the contending parties, during which Bulgaria’s domestic, foreign, and cultural developments shaped the nature and conduct of the fighting in each successive phase.

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The Belligerents
Establishment and Survival of the Bulgar State 679803
Chapter 3 Krums Campaigns of Expansion 809814
From Bulgar Stateto Bulgaria 816893
Chapter 5 Simeons Campaigns for Imperial Recognition 894927
From Wary Peace Through Rus Intervention 927971
Chapter 7 Samuils Campaigns to Preserve Bulgaria and Bulgarian Defeat 9761018
Chapter 8 Epilog
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Dennis P. Hupchick is Professor of History, Emeritus at Wilkes University, USA. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria (1989) and President of the Bulgarian Studies Association. He has previously written The Balkans: From Constantinople to Communism (Palgrave, 2002) as well as a number of books and articles on Bulgaria, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe.

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