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By the early modern period, military leaders were increasingly using mercenaries to press their territorial ambitions, as traditional armies of feudal vassals struggled to cope with the developing military equipment and tactics, and could not afford the long periods away on campaign. Identifying three dominant war cultures - Christian western Europe, Ottoman Islam and east central Europe - William Urban argues that this change led to the professionalization of national armies and in turn helped to shape nation states.

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Matchlocks to Flintlocks

Matchlocks to Flintlocks

Warfare in Europe and Beyond 1500-1700

Hardback304pp Illustrated

9781848326286     Product Code: 216475

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By the early modern period, military leaders were increasingly using mercenaries to press their territorial ambitions, as traditional armies of feudal vassals struggled to cope with the developing military equipment and tactics, and could not afford the long periods away on campaign. Identifying three dominant war cultures - Christian western Europe, Ottoman Islam and east central Europe - William Urban argues that this change led to the professionalization of national armies and in turn helped to shape nation states.

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