Asymmetric warfare and military conduct in the Middle Ages

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The concept of asymmetric warfare is a useful analytical tool for examining military conduct, especially acts of excessive military brutality, during the Middle Ages. A broader sense of asymmetric warfare is required: one that includes not just politico-military asymmetries, but also social, legal, religious and ethnic dimensions. A typology of military asymmetries is proposed and it is demonstrated how these differences might radically affect the conduct of medieval warfare.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-125
JournalJournal of Medieval History
Issue number1
Early online date9 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • asymmetric war
  • asymmetry
  • atrocity
  • medieval


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