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Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV

the Imperial Army, 1660-1689

Bruno Mugnai



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Helion & Company
01 February 2020
Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; Uniforms & insignia
During the 17th century, Europe experienced only four years of general peace: 1610 and 1680-82. This scenario of almost continuous strife provided the terrain for the rise of the standing professional armies. The states were eager to avoid a repetition of the chaos and destruction that had plagued Europe during the Thirty Years' War, and therefore invested in these larger, more powerful armies to reduce the risks and costs of war. Some historians considered this act to be one of the most important institutional developments of the early modern world. The permanent armies became an organic feature of the Old Regime, a symbol of its power and strength, the means by which the prince could defend his interest and play an active role in the International policy. In the opinion of many contemporaries, it offered an opportunity to exploit strategic knowledge, to examine the effectiveness of military tactics and become aware of the increasing importance of the overall organization of the army. It would allow the military classes to occupy a significant place alongside the major European powers. In this scenario, the Imperial Army represents an interesting laboratory, which involved the multicultural Habsburg's domains and the Holy Roman-Germanic Empire in the birth of one of the major standing army of Europe. The history, organisation, uniforms and ensigns of the Imperial army and the 'Reichsarmee' are here presented for the first time in a single book, with a lot of unpublished iconography and data. 80 b/w illustrations and maps, 8 colour plates
By:   Bruno Mugnai
Imprint:   Helion & Company
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 180mm, 
ISBN:   9781912866557
ISBN 10:   1912866552
Series:   Century of the Soldier
Pages:   318
Publication Date:   01 February 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Bruno Mugnai was born in Florence in 1962 and still lives there with Silvia. Active for many years as a history researcher, he has written and illustrated books for publishers such as the historical Office of the Italian Army, Soldiershop Publishing, Itinera Progetti and many others. His publications cover a wide range of periods and geographical areas, such as the military history of the Ancient Italian States, along with the martial affairs of Central and eastern Europe in the 16th, 17th and 18th century, and South America after the conquest. This is Bruno's fifth book for Helion, to join titles about the Cretan War 1645-6171 and the first three volumes of the series 'Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV'. As an Illustrator, he has collaborated with Italian important institutions such as the Stibbert Museum of Florence. Bruno is a Rugby Union fan, who is still rusting in the Italian Grand Slam in the Six nation Tournament.

Reviews for Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV: Volume 2: the Imperial Army, 1660-1689

''The content is very rich, with more than three hundred pages on a multitude of subjects: geopolitics, recruitment, organization, campaigns, uniforms, etc. All aspects are reviewed, with, as a bonus, fifteen boards on uniforms and flags and battle orders attached. The author has managed to make a complex subject simple and intelligible, with a very story-oriented result: purchase highly recommended!''--Vae Victis

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