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Wars And Soldiers In The Early Reign Of Louis XIV

Volume 2: The Imperial Arm, 1660-1689

Wars And Soldiers In The Early Reign Of Louis XIV : Volume 2: The Imperial Arm, 1660-1689

Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721

Author : Bruno Mugnai

Paperback Helion & Company 248mm x 180mm 224 pages c 80 b/w ills & maps, 8 colour plates

Not yet published - in Autumn 2019 list

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During the 17th century, Europe experienced only four years of general peace: 1610 and 1680-82. This scenario of almost continuous strife provided the terrain for the rise of the standing professional armies. The states were eager to avoid a repetition of the chaos and destruction that had plagued Europe during the Thirty Years’ War, and therefore invested in these larger, more powerful armies to reduce the risks and costs of war. Some historians considered this act to be one of the most important institutional developments of the early modern world. The permanent armies became an organic feature of the Old Regime, a symbol of its power and strength, the means by which the prince could defend his interest and play an active role in the International policy. In the opinion of many contemporaries, it offered an opportunity to exploit strategic knowledge, to examine the effectiveness of military tactics and become aware of the increasing importance of the overall organization of the army. It would allow the military classes to occupy a significant place alongside the major European powers. In this scenario, the Imperial Army represents an interesting laboratory, which involved the multicultural Habsburg’s domains and the Holy Roman-Germanic Empire in the birth of one of the major standing army of Europe. The history, organization, uniforms and ensigns of the Imperial army and the ‘Reichsarmee’ are here presented for the first time in a single book, with a lot of unpublished iconography and data.

Additional Information

Publisher
Helion & Company
ISBN
9781912866557
Date of Publication
December 2019
Binding
Paperback
Book Size
248mm x 180mm
Pages
224 pages
Images
c 80 b/w ills & maps, 8 colour plates
Language
English text
Helion Book Code
HEL1145
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