Armies and Warfare in Europe 1648-1789. First American Edition in dustjacket

By: CHILDS, John

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CHILDS, John. Armies and Warfare in Europe 1648-1789. New York : Holmes andMeier Publishers, (1982). First American Edition. Pp (8),[1]-216. Illustra ted. Maps. Index. 8vo, red cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Just how civilised was the conduct of war in the age of eniightment? Although professionalsoldiers fought colourful set-piece battles, and the officers, sharing a c ommon culture, could serve where gain or glory beckoned, for others the reality was less agreeable. Absolute monarchs had discovered the usefulness, the necessity of standing armies. The soldiery were inescapable, enforcing the royal will, quelling riots, billeted on citizens in peacetime, living ott tne land in war. Whole tracts of central Europe were devastated as armiesmarched and countermarched. Prussia and Sweden were semi-militarised State s. From the gorgeous unpractical uniforms to the complexities of fortress design, John Childs highlights with gusto the realities and unrealities of an age when armies were the expensive status symbol of every Ruritanian princeling. More seriously, he brings out clearly the role of the military as avital organ of government, instrumental in creating the modern State. His theme is social and political as well as technical, so that the book will interest a wide range of readers, from professional historians, students andsixth-formers to enthusiasts of military history." (from the dj). Contents : Preface. 1. The limitation of war?. 2. The armies. 3. The conduct of war . 4. The other side of the hill. 5. Barracks and absolutism. Glossary of military terminology. Very good in dustjacket. 60.00

Title: Armies and Warfare in Europe 1648-1789. First American Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: CHILDS, John

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Publisher: Holmes and Meier Publishers, New York, 1982, ISBN:0841908206:

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