Scholars have tended to underrate the importance of war in the period 1650-1792, as there is a feeling that periods before and after were more consequential for military development. This collection of essays sets out to address this problem, probing the nature of warfare throughout Europe from the middle of the seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth.
Contents: Introduction. Part I War and Society: The military revolution and the European nobility, c. 1600-1800, Christopher Storrs and H.M. Scott; German women and war, 1500-1800, Peter H. Wilson; Louis XIV, aristocratic power and the elite units of the French army, Guy Rowlands; Army provisioning, logistics and strategy in the second half of the 17th century, G. Perj Social militarization in 18th-century Germany, Peter H. Wilson. Part II The Balkans: New perspectives on the historical significance of the 'Year of the Turk', Thomas M. Barker; Infantry battlefield tactics in the 17th and 18th centuries on the European and Turkish theatres of war: the Austrian response to different conditions, Alexander Balisch. Part III Russia and Eastern Europe: The Petrine army: continuity, change and impact, Richard Hellie; Feeding the troops: Russian army supply policies during the Seven Years War, John Keep; Russian military innovation in the second half of the 18th century, Bruce W. Menning; Patriotism and professionalism: the Polish army in the 18th century, Daniel Stone. Part IV Western and Central Europe: The distinctiveness of Gaelic warfare, 1400-1750, James Michael Hill; The army of Lombardy and the resilience of Spanish power in Italy in the reign of Carlos II (1665-1700) part I, Christopher Storrs; The army of Lombardy and the resilience of Spanish power in Italy in the reign of Carlos II (1665-1700) part II, Christopher Storrs; War in German thought from the peace of Westphalia to Napoleon, Peter H. Wilson; Tactics and recruitment in 18th century Prussia, Dennis E. Showalter; The relationship between the Revolutionary War and European military thought and practice in the second half of the 18th century, Peter Paret; The development of the combat division in 18th century French armies, Steven T. Ross. Part V Technology: Flint and steel: a study in military technology and tactics in 17th-century Europe, Gordon R. Mork; Muskets and pendulums: Benjamin Robin