The Dutch Army and the Military Revolutions, 1588-1688

TitleThe Dutch Army and the Military Revolutions, 1588-1688
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsNimwegen, Olaf van
Number of Pages602
PublisherBoydell Press

This book addresses the changes that were effected in the tactics and organization of the Dutch armed forces between 1588 and 1688. It shows how in the first decades of this period the Dutch army was transformed from an unreliable band of mercenaries into a disciplined force that could hold its own against the might of Spain. Under the leadership of Maurits van Oranje (1567-1625) and his cousin Willem Lodewijk van Nassau-Dillenburg (1560-1620) a tactical revolution was achieved that had a profound impact on battle. However, the Dutch army's organizational structure remained unchanged and the Dutch Republic continued to rely on mercenaries and military entrepreneurs. It was not until the latter half of the seventeenth century that the Dutch, under Willem III van Oranje (1650-1702), Captain-General of the Union, introduced revolutionary changes in military organization and established an efficient standing army. 

Original Publication"Deser landen crijchsvolck": het Staatse leger en de militaire revoluties (1588-1688), Amsterdam: Bakker, 2006
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