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Giant of the Grand Siecle : The French Army, 1610-1715 - John A. Lynn

Giant of the Grand Siecle

The French Army, 1610-1715

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2008
ISBN: 9780521572736
Number Of Pages: 672

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An "invisible giant," the seventeeth-century French army was the largest and hungriest institution of the Bourbon monarchy; yet it has received incomplete treatment and is poorly understood. 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. Questioning widely-held assumptions about state formation and coercion, he argues that this standing army was primarily devoted to border defense, and only rarely to internal repression.

'John Lynn has undoubtedly made a substantial contribution to the growing literature which has revised the history of seventeenth-century France.' Times Literary Supplement

Preface
Acknowledgements
Context and Parameters
Contexts of military change in the Grand Siacle
Army growth
Administration and Supply
The military administration
Food and fodder
Providing other essentials
The tax of violence and contributions
Command
The costs of regimental command
The culture of command
The high command
The Rank and File
Army composition
Recruitment
Discipline and desertion
Elements of morale and motivation: dependence and loyalty
The Practice of War
Weaponry and tactics
Learning and practising the art of field warfare
Positional warfare; Epilogue: insights on state formation
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521572736
ISBN-10: 0521572738
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 31st March 2008
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.93  x 4.39
Weight (kg): 1.0