The War of the Three Gods: Romans, Persians and the Rise of Islam

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Pen and Sword, 16.07.2013. - 240 страница
War of the Three Gods is a military history of the first half of seventh century, with heavy focus on the reign of the Eastern Roman Emperor Heraclius (AD 610-641). This was a pivotal time in world history as well as a dramatic one. The Eastern Roman Empire was brought to the very brink of extinction by the Sassanid Persians, before Heraclius managed to inflict a crushing defeat on the Sassanids with a desperate, final gambit. His conquests were short-lived, however, for the newly-converted adherents of Islam burst upon the region, administering the coup de grace to Sassanid power and laying siege to Constantinople itself to usher in a new era. ??Peter Crawford skilfully narrates the three-way struggle between the Christian Byzantine, Sassanid Persian and Islamic empires, a period peopled with fascinating characters, including Heraclius, Khusro II and the Prophet Muhammad himself. Many of the epic battles and sieges are described in as much detail as possible including Nineveh, Yarmouk, Qadisiyyah and Nihawand, Jerusalem and Constantinople. The strategies and tactics of these very different armies are discussed and analysed, while maps allow the reader to place the events and follow the varying fortunes of the contending empires. This is an exciting and important study of a conflict that reshaped the map of the world.
 

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I am not sure why. Maybe my focus or background in this period of history, but I started this book and gave up very quickly (in chapter 1). I may come back later but could not get into a flow. The writing seemed disjointed to me. Прочитајте целу рецензију

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The Participants and Their Road to 600
1
The War of the Usurper and the Revolt of Heraclius
25
It Has Come to the Triarii
38
The Ram Has Touched the Wall
60
A New Challenger Approaches
77
The Islamic Eruption
95
636 The Year of the Muslim Beast
117
A Farewell to Syria and Mesopotamia
146
Stealing Roman Bread and Persian Heart
167
The Feast Continues From the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean
208
Epilogue
221
Notes
227
Bibliography
239
Index
246
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Dr Peter Crawford gained a PhD in Classics at Queen's University Belfast under the tutelage of respected classicist Professor John Curran. This is his first book. He lives in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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