The Military Revolution in Sixteenth-Century Europe

The Military Revolution in Sixteenth-Century Europe

by David Eltis
     
 

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This ground-breaking study represents a new twist in the already complicated debate on military change in the early modern period. Previous writers have for the most part defined a 'military revolution' focused on the seventeenth or even early eighteenth centuries. Eltis suggests that key developments in training, organization, tactics and siege warfare occurred in… See more details below

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This ground-breaking study represents a new twist in the already complicated debate on military change in the early modern period. Previous writers have for the most part defined a 'military revolution' focused on the seventeenth or even early eighteenth centuries. Eltis suggests that key developments in training, organization, tactics and siege warfare occurred in the sixteenth century and, taken together, these innovations constitute a military revolution, changing the face of war. In England, these changes came later than in the rest of Europe, and in Ireland later still. English writers, in their anxiety to spur their countrymen to adopt the new methods, produced some of the most useful manuals of sixteenth-century Europe. These, together with Italian, Spanish, French and German texts, form the main basis of David Eltis's study, allowing the ideas of contemporaries to be set alongside accounts of actual military conditions in explaining one of the turning points of world military development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850439608
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
International Library of Historical Studies
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.74(d)

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