By Jeremy Black

ISBN-10: 033351906X

ISBN-13: 9780333519066

ISBN-10: 1349113611

ISBN-13: 9781349113613

During this radical reassessment, Jeremy Black demanding situations some of the demonstrated assumptions concerning the so-called army Revolution of 1560- 1660. He argues that it really is faraway from transparent army revolution did happen in this interval. certainly there's extra proof to indicate that the outline can be utilized extra competently to the next hundred years. This e-book additionally re-examines the connection among army power and household balance. instead of seeing the latter because the final result of the previous, Dr Black argues that it makes extra feel to work out the previous as a result of latter.

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The soliders were well fed, receiving meat regularly, and the pay was not generally in arrears, in marked contrast with the situation in most of Europe. The 'Ottoman road' from Constantinople to Buda and beyond helped ensure a level of efficiency in Turkish military administration that was greater than that elsewhere [64], though it would be misleading to suggest that Turkish campaigns on other fronts were always characterised by such efficiency and ease of operation. It would be inaccurate to suggest that 'new style' tactics were necessarily successful against the Poles and the Russians.

During the reign of Frederick-William of Brandenburg-Prussia (the Great Elector, 1640-88), the army rose from 4,650 in 1640 and, after the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648, 1,800 in 1653 to about 45,000 in the war years of 1672-9 and 30,000 in 1688. Between 1632 and 1680 Russia's active fighting force rose from 35,000 to 129,000. The French army rose from a strength of 70,00080,000 men in the late 1630s to 85,000 in August 1667 and around 120,000 in February 1672. As with other European forces, the French army expanded in wartime, rising during the War of Devolution with Spain (1667--8) to 134,000, before being cut to 70,000.

Logistical factors were crucial to both strategy and tactics [64]. Armies had to be supplied with fresh recruits, pay, food and munitions. Pay was difficult to provide, but relatively easy to move, being of comparatively low bulk. Food and munitions were bulky and needed in vast quantities. Not only had the men to be fed but also their horses and beasts of burden, such as oxen. Arms and artillery, shot and cannon balls were bulky and heavy, frequently getting stuck in the mud. To move them was not easy.

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