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At the height of its power, the Roman Empire encompassed the entire Mediterranean basin, extending much beyond it from Britain to Mesopotamia, from the Rhine to the Black Sea. Rome prospered for centuries while successfully resisting attack, fending off everything from overnight robbery raids to full-scale invasion attempts by entire nations on the move. How were troops able to defend the Empire's vast territories from constant attacks? And how did they do so at such moderate cost that their treasury could pay for an immensity of highways, aqueducts, amphitheaters, city baths, and magnificent temples? In The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire, seasoned defense analyst Edward N. Luttwak reveals how the Romans were able to combine military strength, diplomacy, and fortifications to effectively respond to changing threats. Rome's secret was not ceaseless fighting, but comprehensive strategies that unified force, diplomacy, and an immense infrastructure of roads, forts, walls, and barriers. Initially relying on client states to buffer attacks, Rome moved to a permanent frontier defense around 117 CE. Finally, as barbarians began to penetrate the empire, Rome filed large armies in a strategy of "defense-in-depth," allowing invaders to pierce Rome's borders. This updated edition has been extensively revised to incorporate recent scholarship and archeological findings. A new preface explores Roman imperial statecraft. This illuminating book remains essential to both ancient historians and students of modern strategy.… (més)
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Títol:The grand strategy of the Roman Empire from the first century AD to the third
Autors:Edward Luttwak
Informació:Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Press 1976 xiii,255,[2]p ill 24cm
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Etiquetes:Ancient History, Roman History, Roman Army

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The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire: From the First Century A.D. to the Third de Edward N. Luttwak (1976)

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This is a masterly analysis of the way in which the Romans waged their wars after the Augustan coup. It is equipped with a good set of maps to illustrate the points he wishes to make. I think it should be included in all the courses on the empire. He outlines the three main periods of Imperial history and sets out which grand strategical ideas were prevalent on which of the Roman Empire's military fronts. This a very useful book and sets us all up for his similar treatment of the Byzantines that he published later. ( )
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Imperial Rome grew, not by constant aggression, but under detailed, conservative husbanding of force & diplomacy. A modern classic in security studies & international affairs. ( )
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While it's probably not a good book to start with if you know nothing of the Roman Empire and it's Army, this is a interesting book. Luttwak examines the strategy of the Empire in a modern way, looking at how Rome achieved a economy of force while trying to protect it's citizens/subjects from outside forces that would impact taxes. ( )
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At the height of its power, the Roman Empire encompassed the entire Mediterranean basin, extending much beyond it from Britain to Mesopotamia, from the Rhine to the Black Sea. Rome prospered for centuries while successfully resisting attack, fending off everything from overnight robbery raids to full-scale invasion attempts by entire nations on the move. How were troops able to defend the Empire's vast territories from constant attacks? And how did they do so at such moderate cost that their treasury could pay for an immensity of highways, aqueducts, amphitheaters, city baths, and magnificent temples? In The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire, seasoned defense analyst Edward N. Luttwak reveals how the Romans were able to combine military strength, diplomacy, and fortifications to effectively respond to changing threats. Rome's secret was not ceaseless fighting, but comprehensive strategies that unified force, diplomacy, and an immense infrastructure of roads, forts, walls, and barriers. Initially relying on client states to buffer attacks, Rome moved to a permanent frontier defense around 117 CE. Finally, as barbarians began to penetrate the empire, Rome filed large armies in a strategy of "defense-in-depth," allowing invaders to pierce Rome's borders. This updated edition has been extensively revised to incorporate recent scholarship and archeological findings. A new preface explores Roman imperial statecraft. This illuminating book remains essential to both ancient historians and students of modern strategy.

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