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The Wars of Louis XIV 1667-1714 : Modern Wars in Perspective - John A. Lynn

The Wars of Louis XIV 1667-1714

Modern Wars in Perspective

Paperback Published: 6th May 1999
ISBN: 9780582056299
Number Of Pages: 440

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Warfare dominated the long reign of Louis XIV. From 1672 France was continuously at war for over 40 years, across Europe from Sicily to Ireland, fielding the largest armies seen in the West since the fall of imperial Rome. However, she gained little by it. The impact of the wars was more institutional than territorial: their enormous cost not only shadowed the king's last years, but helped shape the administrative and social evolution of the French monarchy. Yet they have been strangely neglected: this wide-ranging book is the first comprehensive study in any language since the eighteenth century. John Lynn examines the different wars for evidence of a coherent strategic policy; he explores the operational logistics of the campaigns; he shows how far, for the king, warfare was a process of attrition rather than a series of decisive events. Above all, he sets these wars, and their consequences, in their full diplomatic, military, administrative and institutional contexts.

'a most welcome addition to the literature'"War in History"

List of maps
Prologue: International and Internal Conflict 1500-1661
Louis XIV Gloire and Strategy
The Army, the Navy and the Art of War
Wars of Glorie: The War of Devolution and the Dutch War
Violence and State Policy: Reunions, Mediterranean Expeditions and Internal Struggles
The Great Miscalculation: The Nine Year's War
The Final Contest: The War of the Spanish Succession
The Wars of Louis XIV in the Context of the History of War
Bibliographical Essay
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ISBN: 9780582056299
ISBN-10: 0582056292
Series: Modern Wars in Perspective
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 6th May 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 14.0 x 21.6  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1