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Warfare in the Seventeenth Century (Cassell History of Warfare)

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During the 17th century, technological evolutions in fortifications and arms meant that wars grew longer, armies larger, and military formations more disciplined. Yet, militias remained primarily mercenary; although armaments developed from the pike to the socket bayonet and uniforms began to appear, professionalism remained low. From the multifaceted conflicts of the Thir ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Mark
Jun 05, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summarizing a century of warfare in approximately 200 pages is, as John Childs acknowledges in the introduction, a challenge involving choices of inclusion and omission. Childs's choice is to offer only a compressed account of the various campaigns in favor of focusing on the waging of war in Europe in the 17th century. While Childs does include summaries of the key wars waged during this time - three of his chapters provide accounts of the Thirty Years' War, the wars of Louis XIV, and the other ...more
Bruinrefugee
One of the weaker entries in the Smithsonian History of Warfare series. While it's undoubtedly difficult to cram a century of history into 200 pages, I felt this one suffered from assuming too much familiarity with much of what was going on (I don't have it, hence purchased the book), hopscotched around too much in terms of time and space, and seemed more aimed towards establishing the thesis there were no technological or tactical revolutions than anything else.

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Jeff
Feb 01, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it
Well...I got his point of war being evolutionary not revolutionary...but the non stop battle after battle hard to read diagrams etc. made it a tiresome read. I gave it 3 stars because the information is valid and I agree with his thesis but man...lol
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