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Business of War Military Enterprise and Military Revolution in Early Modern Europe

ISBN-10: 0521735580
ISBN-13: 9780521735582
Edition: 2012
Authors: David Parrott
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

"This is a major new approach to the military revolution and the relationship between warfare and the power of the state in early modern Europe. Whereas previous accounts have emphasised the growth of state-run armies during this period, David Parrott argues instead that the delegation of military responsibility to sophisticated and extensive networks of private enterprise reached unprecedented levels. This included not only the hiring of troops but their equipping, the supply of food and munitions, and the financing of their operations. The book reveals the extraordinary prevalence and capability of private networks of commanders, suppliers, merchants and financiers who managed the conduct of war on land and at sea, challenging the traditional assumption that reliance on mercenaries and the private sector results in corrupt and inefficient military force. In so doing, the book provides essential historical context to contemporary debates about the role of the private sector in warfare"--

DAVID PARROTT is Guild Vicar of St Lawrence Jewry - next Guildhall in the Diocese of London and Education Adviser for the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

List of figures
List of maps
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Currencies
Introduction
Foundations and expansion
Military resources for hire, 1450-1560
The expansion of military enterprise, 1560-1620
Diversity and adaptation: military enterprise during the Thirty Years War
Operations and structures
The military contractor at war
The business of war
Continuity, transformation and rhetoric in European warfare after 1650
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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