Italian Wars 1494-1559, The: War, State and Society in Early Modern Europe

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The Italian Wars of 1494-1559 had a major impact on the whole of Renaissance Europe. In this important text, Michael Mallett and Christine Shaw place the conflict within the political and economic context of the wars. Emphasising the gap between aims and strategies of the political masters and what their commanders and troops could actually accomplish on the ground, they analyse developments in military tactics and the tactical use of firearms and examine how Italians of all sectors of society reacted to the wars...

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Overview

The Italian Wars of 1494-1559 had a major impact on the whole of Renaissance Europe. In this important text, Michael Mallett and Christine Shaw place the conflict within the political and economic context of the wars. Emphasising the gap between aims and strategies of the political masters and what their commanders and troops could actually accomplish on the ground, they analyse developments in military tactics and the tactical use of firearms and examine how Italians of all sectors of society reacted to the wars and the inevitable political and social change that they brought about.

The history of Renaissance Italy is currently being radically rethought by historians. This book is a major contribution to this re-evaluation, and will be essential reading for all students of Renaissance and military history.

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'Not just Italy but large swathes of Europe were drawn into the Italian Wars of the early sixteenth century. A great hole in the historical literature has at last been filled by this lucid and authoritative account of these events by two leading scholars in Renaissance history.'

David Abulafia, University of Cambridge, UK

'Italy is the neglected crucible of early modern European warfare, and this important book examines in detail both the conflicts which kept Italy a battleground through the first half of the sixteenth century, and the wider significance of the military developments which sprang from these Italian Wars.'

David Parrott, University of Oxford, UK

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'Not just Italy but large swathes of Europe were drawn into the Italian Wars of the early sixteenth century. A great hole in the historical literature has at last been filled by this lucid and authoritative account of these events by two leading scholars in Renaissance history.'

David Abulafia, University of Cambridge, UK

'Italy is the neglected crucible of early modern European warfare, and this important book examines in detail both the conflicts which kept Italy a battleground through the first half of the sixteenth century, and the wider significance of the military developments which sprang from these Italian Wars.'

David Parrott, University of Oxford, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582057586
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Series: Modern Wars In Perspective Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 833,889
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Michael Mallett was Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Warwick and a distinguished historian of fifteenth- and sixteenth century Italy. His books included Mercenaries and their Masters: Warfare in Renaissance Italy (1974), and (with J.R.Hale) The Military Organization of a Renaissance State: Venice c.1400 to 1617 (1984).

Christine Shaw has published extensively on the political and military society of Renaissance Italy. Her books include Julius II: The Warrior Pope (1993), The Politics of Exile in Renaissance Italy (2000), and (as editor) Italy and the European Powers: The Impact of War 1500-1530 (2006).

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. The Genesis of the Wars and the First French Expedition. 2. Milan and Naples Overwhelmed, 1496-1503. 3. The Conflict Widens. 4. New Orders Struggling to be Born, 1512-1519. 5. The Contest for Supremacy in Italy, 1520-1529. 6. The Transformation of War. 7. The Resources of War. 8. Testing the Boundaries, 1529-47. 9. 1547-1559. 10. The Legacies of the Wars. Bibliography. Index.

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