Bayonets and Scimitars

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Ad hoc forces of mercenaries were giving way to professional standing armies as dynastic manoeuvres, political upheavals and colonial ambitions took the major powers to war during the 18th century, reshaping the international power balance in the process. In this book William Urban traces the politics, the weaponry and the organization of the leading nations' armies during this turbulent period, illuminating not just the high politics and military strategy but also the everyday experiences of those involved.

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Bayonets and Scimitars

Bayonets and Scimitars

Arms, Armies and Mercenaries 1700–1789

Hardback304pp Illustrated

9781848327115     Product Code: 222507

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Ad hoc forces of mercenaries were giving way to professional standing armies as dynastic manoeuvres, political upheavals and colonial ambitions took the major powers to war during the 18th century, reshaping the international power balance in the process. In this book William Urban traces the politics, the weaponry and the organization of the leading nations' armies during this turbulent period, illuminating not just the high politics and military strategy but also the everyday experiences of those involved.

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