Giant of the Grand Siècle: The French Army, 1610-1715

Giant of the Grand Siècle: The French Army, 1610-1715

by John A. Lynn, Lynn John a.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521032482

ISBN-13: 9780521032483

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

An "invisible giant," the seventeeth-century French army was the largest and hungriest institution of the Bourbon monarchy; yet it has received incomplete treatment and is poorly understood. Combining social and cultural emphases with more traditional institutional and operational concerns, this book examines the army in depth, studying recruitment, composition,…  See more details below

Overview

An "invisible giant," the seventeeth-century French army was the largest and hungriest institution of the Bourbon monarchy; yet it has received incomplete treatment and is poorly understood. Combining social and cultural emphases with more traditional institutional and operational concerns, this book examines the army in depth, studying recruitment, composition, discipline, motivation, selection of officers, leadership, administration, logistics, weaponry, tactics, field warfare, and siegecraft. The portrait that emerges differs from what current scholarship might have predicted. Instead of claiming that a "military revolution" transformed warfare, Lynn stresses evolutionary change. Questioning widely-held assumptions about state formation and coercion, he argues that this standing army was primarily devoted to border defense, and only rarely to internal repression.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521032483
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Context and Parameters: 1. Contexts of military change in the Grand Siècle; 2. Army growth; Part II. Administration and Supply: 3. The military administration; 4. Food and fodder; 5. Providing other essentials; 6. The tax of violence and contributions; Part III. Command: 7. The costs of regimental command; 8. The culture of command; 9. The high command; Part IV. The Rank and File: 10. Army composition; 11. Recruitment; 12. Discipline and desertion; 13. Elements of morale and motivation: dependence and loyalty; Part V. The Practice of War: 14. Weaponry and tactics; 15. Learning and practising the art of field warfare; 16. Positional warfare; Epilogue: insights on state formation; Bibliography; Index.

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