War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559 / Edition 1

War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559 / Edition 1

by Steven Gunn, Hans Cools, David Grummitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 019920750X

ISBN-13: 9780199207503

Pub. Date: 01/06/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Exploring the effects of war on state power in early modern Europe, this book asks if military competition increased rulers' power over their subjects and forged more modern states, or if the strains of war break down political and administrative systems. Comparing England and the Netherlands in the age of warrior princes such as Henry VIII and Charles V, it

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Exploring the effects of war on state power in early modern Europe, this book asks if military competition increased rulers' power over their subjects and forged more modern states, or if the strains of war break down political and administrative systems. Comparing England and the Netherlands in the age of warrior princes such as Henry VIII and Charles V, it examines the development of new military and fiscal institutions, and asks how mobilization for war changed political relationships throughout society.

Towns in England, such as Norwich, York, Exeter, and Rye, are compared with towns in the Netherlands, such as Antwerp, Leiden, 's-Hertogenbosch and Valenciennes, to see how the magistrates' relations with central government and the urban populace were modified by war. Great noblemen from the Howard and Percy families are set alongside their equivalents from the houses of Cro and Egmond to examine the role of recruitment, army command, and heroic reputation in maintaining noble power. The wider interactions of subjects and rulers in wartime are reviewed to measure how effectively war extended princes' claims on their subjects' loyalty and service, their ambitions to control news and opinion and to promote national identity, and their ability to manage the economy and harness religious change to dynastic purposes. The result is a compelling but nuanced picture of societies and polities tested and shaped by the pressures of ever more demanding warfare.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199207503
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/06/2008
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Note on Currency and Conventions     ix
List of Abbreviations     x
Maps     xii
War and the State
Polities at War     3
Military Institutions and Fiscal Growth     20
Towns at War
Introduction     41
Urban Military Resources     51
Life During Wartime     74
War and Urban Government     87
Towns in the Polity     105
War, Towns, and the State     122
Nobles at War
Introduction     127
The Military Resources of the Nobility     138
Nobles in Command     155
Costs and Rewards     177
War and Noble Power     193
War and Noble Identity     215
War, Nobles, and the State     232
Subjects at War
Introduction     237
Obligations     240
Information and Response     257
The Trials of War     273
War and Identity     294
War, Subjects, and the State     323
Conclusion
War, State, and Society     329
Bibliography     335
Index     375

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