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"The start of the Italian Wars in 1494, subsequently seen as the onset of 'modern warfare', provides the starting point for this impressive survey of European warfare. In addition to conflict in early modern Europe, this book covers trans-oceanic expansion which led to interaction with extra-European forms of military might. Jeremy Black looks at technological aspects of war as well as social and political developments and consequences during this key period of military history. This sharp and compact analysis contextualises European developments, as well as establishing the global significance of events in Europe." Black departs from recent work on military history in this period in giving due weight to the operational character and military dynamic of war alongside the social context. This text, handling a long chronological period with a broad geographical range, not only offers an excellent summary of early-modern European warfare, but is a thought-provoking survey that will interest anyone studying this period of military history.
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'One of the great strengths of the book ... derives from this expansive coverage of the time period. While the title clearly indicates that the focus is on European warfare, Black spends considerable time discussing both naval developments and the expansion of Europe's influence overseas. This exposure offers Black the opportunity to apply his theory to a broad range of topics, giving it a depth that the Military Revolution thesis seems to lack'.Sixteenth Century Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415275316
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Warfare and History Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Cultural, social and political contexts 4
3 A military revolution? 32
4 European expansion and the global context 1490-1578 55
5 European warfare 1494-1559 69
6 European warfare 1560-1617 97
7 European warfare 1618-60 129
8 Naval developments 167
9 European expansion and the global context 1578-1660 196
10 Conclusions 212
Notes 217
Index 235
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