Giant of the Grand Siecle
The French Army, 1610-1715
By (author) John A. Lynn
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Giant of the Grand Siecle by John A. Lynn
Book DescriptionAn 'invisible giant', the seventeenth-century French army was the largest and hungriest institution of the Bourbon monarchy. Combining social and cultural emphases with more traditional institutional and operational concerns, this book examines the army in depth, studying recruitment, composition, discipline, motivation, selection of officers, leadership, administration, logistics, weaponry, tactics, field warfare and siegecraft. The portrait that emerges differs from what current scholarship might have predicted. Instead of claiming that a 'military revolution' transformed warfare, Lynn stresses evolutionary change. This work also offers surprising insights into absolutism and the relationship between the monarchy and aristocracy. Questioning widely held assumptions about state formation and coercion, Lynn argues that this standing army was primarily devoted to border defence and only rarely to internal repression.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521572736
(228mm x 152mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John A. Lynn
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John A. Lynn II examines the important roles of women who campaigned with armies from 1500 to 1815.
Giant of the Grand Siecle, Paperback (December 2006)
A detailed revisionist analysis of the seventeenth-century French army.
Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714, Paperback (May 1999)» View all books by John A. Lynn
A study of the wars during the reign of Louis XIV, this text sets the wars, and their consequences, in their full diplomatic, military, administrative and institutional contexts, providing an insight into 17th- and 18th-century warfare.
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