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Charles XI's War

The Scanian War between Sweden and Denmark, 1675-1679

Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 #40

Author : Michael Fredholm von Essen

Charles XI's War : The Scanian War between Sweden and Denmark, 1675-1679


General - Pages : 262 | Images : 75 b/w ills, 27 b/w photos, 14 b/w maps, 8 colour plates

Paperback - Date of Publication : April 2019 | Size : 248mm x 180mm | ISBN : 9781911628002 | Helion Book Code : HEL0991

The book describes and analyses the Scanian War, which was fought from 1675 to 1679 between, on one side, primarily Brandenburg and Denmark–Norway and, on the other, Sweden. The war was mainly fought in Scania, the former Danish lands along the border with Sweden, and in northern Germany. The Danish objective was to retrieve Scania which, a generation earlier, had been captured by Sweden and ceded by Denmark. However, the Danish invasion of Scania was defeated by the young Swedish King Charles XI. Although the Danish fleet was victorious at sea, and an alliance headed by Brandenburg defeated the Swedes in Germany, the subsequent peace negotiations resulted in no major territorial changes. Danish partisans continued guerrilla operations in Scania for years, yet the former Danish territories remained in Swedish hands. The Scanian War was bloody, even by contemporary standards, and from a military point of view, quite inconclusive. Yet, Sweden's experiences in the Scanian War laid the foundation for the first substantial reform of the Swedish army since the Thirty Years’ War. Based on what he had learnt, King Charles XI restructured the Swedish army and established a comprehensive military system that enabled Sweden to repeatedly mobilise trained armies during the even more devastating Great Northern War (1700-1721) which followed a generation later. Moreover, several recent archaeological excavations have increased our knowledge of the Scanian War, as well as the conditions of late seventeenth-century battles. The book describes the war and its results, and summarises the archaeological findings.


"..abundantly illustrated and a beautiful book, complete and that can serve as a basis for reconstructions of history game on a topic that is off the beaten track." Vae Victus


"......If you are confused, pick up von Essen’s book, and everything will become much clearer. Because this is not an Osprey-like quick gander at a conflict with eight colour plates (though the book actually has them), this is a detailed military monograph on every aspect of the conflict you might want to know about. From grand strategy, such as it was, to the ingenious adaptations of musket balls made by soldiers to maximise their maiming potential......This is all the wargamer needs to refight the Scanian War, that much punch is packed into the 258 pages. Having said that, von Essen’s book also seems to contain all a military historian would need to know about the conflict. It simply is a cracker." Wargames Illustrated

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