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By Jeremy Black

ISBN-10: 033351906X

ISBN-13: 9780333519066

ISBN-10: 1349113611

ISBN-13: 9781349113613

During this radical reassessment, Jeremy Black demanding situations some of the confirmed assumptions in regards to the so-called army Revolution of 1560- 1660. He argues that it really is faraway from transparent army revolution did take place in this interval. certainly there's extra facts to indicate that the outline might be utilized extra thoroughly to the next hundred years. This booklet additionally re-examines the connection among army power and family balance. instead of seeing the latter because the final result of the previous, Dr Black argues that it makes extra experience to work out the previous as a result of latter.

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Impermeable soils such as clay quickly became quagmires after rain, but even routes on good soils could be hindered by poor drainage, heavy rains and snow melt. Following heavy rain in northern Germany in August 1758 the third Duke of Marlborough wrote 'the foot have marched the last day almost up to their middle in water the whole way'. Bridges were infrequent and many rivers were only crossed by ferry. Wooden bridges and ferries were easy to destroy in wartime. Varying water courses and flooding were 36 problems in, for example, northern Italy.

The French were helped by the strength of their fortified places, Vauban's work on the frontier towns between 1678 and 1698 resulting in the construction of 33 new fortresses, such as Arras, Lille, Mont-Louis and New Breisach, and the renovation of many more. Appointed Commissioner General of Fortifications in 1678, he became in 1703 the first engineer to reach the prestigious rank of Marshal of France. In essence his skilful use of the bastion and of enfilading fire represented a continuation of already familiar techniques, and he placed the main burden of the defence on the artillery, but it was the crucial ability of the government to fund such a massive programme that was novel.

The serious logistical problems that the armies of the period faced were an important constraint on military operations and constituted a major limitation on the warfare of the period. Atrocities The exhausted state of belligerents towards the end of and after major wars was both a testimony to the substantial 44 strains that these entailed for countries with weak, predominantly low-productivity agrarian economies, and a cause for governments to desire peace, as the French did in 1709 and 1748.

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