9781472836922-1472836928-Constantinople AD 717–18: The Crucible of History (Campaign)

Constantinople AD 717–18: The Crucible of History (Campaign)

ISBN-13: 9781472836922
ISBN-10: 1472836928
Author: Sheppard, Si
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Format: Paperback 96 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781472836922
ISBN-10: 1472836928
Author: Sheppard, Si
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Format: Paperback 96 pages

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Acknowledged authors Sheppard, Si wrote Constantinople AD 717–18: The Crucible of History (Campaign) comprising 96 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1472836928 and 9781472836922. Since then Constantinople AD 717–18: The Crucible of History (Campaign) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 4.28 or rent at the marketplace.

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The siege of Constantinople in AD 717--18 was a key clash between the expanding Umayyad Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire, and one which influenced the fate of Western civilization. In this specially illustrated study, Si Sheppard examines the course of this pivotal campaign.

The siege of Constantinople in AD 717--18 was the supreme crisis of Western civilization. The Byzantine Empire had been reeling under the onslaught of Arabic imperialism since the death of the Prophet, whilst Jihadist armies had detached Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and Carthage from imperial control and were in the process of imposing their ascendancy at sea. The Empire had been reduced to its Anatolian and Balkan heartland, and Arab incursions threatened even this--Arab naval forces had appeared under the walls of Constantinople every year from 674 to 678. But all this was only a prelude to the massive combined-arms invasion force that advanced on the capital in 717.

This title offers a comprehensive study of the ensuing clash between the ascendant Caliphate and the Empire at bay. It details the forces available to each side, with their respective advantages and vulnerabilities, evaluating the leadership qualities of the rival commanders and assessing their strategic and tactical initiatives. It also accounts for the trajectory and outcome of the campaign and emphasizes the fundamental significance of the struggle. By holding the line, the Byzantines gave Europe enough time to develop at its own pace and emerge strong enough to face down its Islamic counterpart on equal terms. If Constantinople had fallen in 717, could Europe have endured as an independent entity? Could Christianity have survived as major religion? What would the future course of world history have been?

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