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Bayonets for Hire: Mercenaries at War, 1550-1789
From the Greek professional armies of Alexander, through the Hundred Years War, indeed, to today, mercenaries have been ever-present, their role constantly evolving. In this compelling new history William Urban takes up their captivating and turbulent story from 1550 to 1763. The 16th century saw the beginning of a revolution in military technology and strategy. Political ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by Greenhill Books
(first published July 1st 2007)
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An interesting view of European military/political history from the point of view that raising, training, and supporting an army constantly limited and influenced what autocrats and generals could do. Experienced military talent was scarce and usually had to be bought, and often changed sides if not paid. The tale is told with quite a bit of humor but the deluge of places and personalities is daunting. The book would have benefited greatly from maps IMO. I did my best to follow but many place na ...more