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Reader riposte: Byzantine lessons

29 September 2010 10:52

Crispin Rovere writes:

I commend Ben Coleridge on his excellent review of Luttwak's The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire. I finished reading it myself a few months ago. I too have a deep affection for Byzantine history (while most are marveling at the Minoan ruins of Crete, I'm to be found in the Amari Valley, scrounging through dilapidated Byzantine monasteries).

Hugh White referred to the ending of the '1st century AD' model in his recent presentation to the Lowy Institute, where the US has enjoyed 'Rome-like hegemony'. Edward Luttwak also feels the US has moved firmly towards a Byzantine model with respect to its capabilities and environment. He compares the U.S. and Byzantium in The points he lists are also expressed in the closing pages of his book.