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Author Name:    TALLETT, Frank

Title:   War and Society in Early-Modern Europe, 1495-1715. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Routledge, London and New York, 1992, ISBN:0415024765 

Seller ID:   113603

TALLETT, Frank. War and Society in Early-Modern Europe, 1495-1715. London and New York : Routledge, (1992). First Edition. Pp (4),v-xiii,(3),1-319,(1). Maps. Index. 8vo, black cloth, silver lettering to spine. A volume in theWar in Context series. "What effect did warfare have upon the structures o f the early-modern period? What was it like to live and fight in the armiesof early modern Europe? Historians have traditionally been concerned with questions of tactics and strategy, with the descriptions of campaigns and the technical side of warfare, and have only recently begun to set armies and warfare within social and institutional contexts. Reflecting the concernsof the 'new military history', Frank Tallett looks at the impact war had o n early-modern European society. He shows how and why armies of unprecedented size were raised, and describes the ordinary soldier's experience of conflict and his life in the army. War is shown to have had profound implications in several different ways. At the local level, warfare brought about demographic tenure. More generally, war had a profound though variable influence upon the growth of state power and the development of the economy, whilst the high costs of waging war had financial implications for every section of society. T'he book provides a comprehensive overview of warfare between 1495 anrl 1715 and offers new and challenging insights into the military history of the period." (from the dj). Contentrs : 1. Introduction : - Rewriting the history of war. - Soldiers, soldiers, soldiers. - Wars: when, where, why? 2. The Changing Art of War : - Pike and shot. - Cavalry. - Artillery and fortifications. - The spread of knowledge: specialization and professionalism. - The experience of conflict: siege and battle. - Constraints onwar: the limits of the possible. 3. Recruitment : - The methods. - The men . - The motives. 4. Life and Death in the Armies : - Mortality and medicine. - The necessities of life. - Discipline and religion. - Prisoners. - The compensations of soldiering: women; comrades; an uncertain high-life. - Theex-soldier: militarization and the civilian world. 5. The Impact of War : - The local effects. - Financing wars: winners and losers. - The state and war. - War and the economy. - Attitudes towards war. A couple of tiny ink spots, else very good in dustjacket. 45.00


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