Military Revolution Debate: Readings on the Military Transformation of Early Modern Europe / Edition 1

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The debate about the "Military Revolution" has been one of the most controversial and exciting areas of discussion and research in the fields of early modern European history and military history. Scholars have long sought to explain the massive changes in European military techniques and technologies that took place between the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the industrial age-changes that transformed the armies and navies of the West into the most powerful war-making entities the world had ever known. Historians have disagreed about and vigorously debated the importance of these changes for European politics, for the process of state formation, for the rise of the West, and for warfare itself. This book brings together, for the first time, the classic articles that began and have shaped this debate, adding important new essays by eminent historians of early modern Europe to further this important scholarly interchange. The contributors consider topics ranging from the battlefield to the gunmaker's workshop, from England to India, and from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The Military Revolution Debate will be required reading for anyone interested in what is undoubtedly one of the hottest areas in military history today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813320540
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: History and Warfare Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 949,684
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.89 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford J. Rogers is an Olin Fellow in Military and Strategic History at Yale University.
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Table of Contents

Preface 1
List of Credits
The Military Revolution in History and Historiography
1 The Military Revolution, 1560-1660 13
2 The 'Military Revolution, 1560-1660' - A Myth? 37
3 The Military Revolutions of the Hundred Years War 55
4 A Military Revolution? A 1660-1792 Perspective 95
5 Recalculating French Army Growth During the Grand Siecle, 1610-1715 117
6 The Military Revolution and the Professionalisation of the French Army Under the Ancien Regime 149
7 The trace italienne and the Growth of Armies: The French Case 169
8 Fortifications and the Military Revolution: The Gonzaga Experience, 1530-1630 201
9 Strategy and Tactics in the Thirty Years' War: The 'Military Revolution' 227
10 Tactics or Politics? "The Military Revolution" and the Hapsburg Hegemony, 1525-1648 253
11 "Money, Money, and Yet More Money!" Finance, the Fiscal-State, and the Military Revolution: Spain 1500-1650 273
12 The Military Revolution: Origins and First Tests Abroad 299
13 In Defense of The Military Revolution 337
About the Book and Editor 367
About the Contributors 369
Index 371
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