Learning from the longevity of the Byzantine Empire

Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Seven key military strategies that saw the Byzantine – or Eastern Roman – empire stand for over one thousand years (although virtually all territory had been lost prior to 1453), that latter-day superpowers could learn from.

Campaign vigorously, both offensively and defensively, but avoid battles, especially large-scale battles, except in very favorable circumstances. Don’t think like the Romans, who viewed persuasion as just an adjunct to force. Instead, employ force in the smallest possible doses to help persuade the persuadable and harm those not yet amenable to persuasion.

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