Richelieu's Army: War, Government and Society in France, 1624-1642

Richelieu's Army: War, Government and Society in France, 1624-1642

by David Parrott
     
 

It is assumed widely that "war made the state" in seventeenth-century France. Yet this study challenges the traditional interpretations of the role of the army as an instrument of the emerging absolutist state, and shows how the expansion of the French war effort contributed to weakening Richelieu's hold on France and heightened levels of political and social tension.… See more details below

Overview

It is assumed widely that "war made the state" in seventeenth-century France. Yet this study challenges the traditional interpretations of the role of the army as an instrument of the emerging absolutist state, and shows how the expansion of the French war effort contributed to weakening Richelieu's hold on France and heightened levels of political and social tension. This is the first detailed account of the French army during this formative period of European history. It also contributes more generally to the "military revolution" debate among early modern historians.

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"...a remarkable study..." Journal of Modern History

"This is an immensely useful, exhaustively researched study..." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"The originality of this book lies in Parrott's mastery of the literature on seventeenth-century warfare written in all the major Western European languages. It is a triumph of scholarship that, by placing French developments in a wider European context, will have an impact well beyond the hexagone." H-FRANCE

"This massive study will remain a standard work on military administration for some years to come." American Historical Review

"Parrott's thorough research and cogent arguments make his work required reading for any serious student of military history or the French monarchy in the seventeenth century." Renaissance Quarterly

"More books promise far less than their titles, but Parrott delivers more. Interesting, clearly-argued and scholarly throughout, Parrott's book is a major work for those interested in early-modern military history and offers an important reassessment of French history. Journal of Military History

"An important work for anyone interested in the evolution of French military primacy from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries." NYMAS Newsletter

"David Parrott's new book on military history goes a long way toward showing both the prevalence and persistence of decentralization in Richelieu's France, and the apparent absence of any overall strategy to change things very much." Seventeeth-Century News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521025485
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
Pages:
628
Sales rank:
787,638
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.38(d)

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