POLITICS AND STATE FORMATION
The Experience of War
(Powerpoint will be on the website)
‘War, its conduct, cost, consequences and preparations for
conflict, were all central to history in the early modern period.
As European exploration and trade linked hitherto separated
regions, so force played a crucial role in these new
relationships and in their consequences. Conflict was also
crucial to the history of relations between Euopean states, as
well as to their internal histories’.
Jeremy Black, European Warfare, 1494-1660 (London, 2002),
‘Since the 1970s attempts by historians to provide generalised
explanations about the connections between the development
of armed forces and the transformation of early modern
Europe have been centred on the Anglo-Saxon Military
Jan Glete, Warfare at Sea, 1500-1650: Maritime Conflicts and
the Transformation of Europe (London, 2000), p. 9.
What is the Military Revolution thesis?
How has the Military Revolution thesis been criticised?
• What is the Naval Revolution debate?
Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden 1611-1632
Battle of Breitenfeld, 1631
Battle of Lützen, 1632