Armies and Warfare in Europe, 1648-1789

TitleArmies and Warfare in Europe, 1648-1789
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsChilds, John
Number of Pages216
PublisherHolmes and Meier
CityNew York

This work argues that even though wars of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries may have appeared to be less destructive than both earlier and subsequent wars, the military had no less an effect upon European society during this period. The author contends that this was the "age of the army," since it witnessed the emergence of the standing army as a permanent fixture under the control of the state, and he argues that these armies strengthened the powers of the monarch and accelerated the centralization of the state.

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