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Bayonets for Hire: Mercenaries at War, 1550-1789

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From the Greek professional armies of Alexander, through the Hundred Years War, indeed, to today, mercenaries have been ever-present, their role constantly evolving. In this compelling new history William Urban takes up their captivating and turbulent story from 1550 to 1763. The 16th century saw the beginning of a revolution in military technology and strategy. Political and economic systems were radically evolving, too. Mercenaries are often considered a marginal phenomenon, but Urban shows that they were integral to these developments. Increasingly not just individual soldiers and officers became mercenaries, but entire armies of well-equipped, well-trained, and, in time, experienced soldiers were available to friends and allies. By the late-1600s these armies had evolved into large and efficient fighting forces. By the mid-1700s military service had become a profession. The old-fashioned mercenary was less common, but he would not disappear until swept away by the volunteer armies of the French Revolution.

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From the Greek professional armies of Alexander, through the Hundred Years War, indeed, to today, mercenaries have been ever-present, their role constantly evolving. In this compelling new history William Urban takes up their captivating and turbulent story from 1550 to 1763.

About the Author

William Urban is the Lee L. Morgan Professor of History at Monmouth College, Illinois, USA. He is the author of numerous works, including the highly acclaimed The Teutonic Knights and Medieval Mercenaries.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781853677427
Subtitle:
Mercenaries at War, 1550-1789
Author:
Urban, William
Foreword by:
McNeill, William H.
Foreword:
McNeill, William H.
Publisher:
Greenhill Books
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mercenary troops
Subject:
Military-General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070815
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.39x6.53x1.24 in. 1.34 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Early Modern
History and Social Science » Military » General
History and Social Science » Military » General History

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From the Greek professional armies of Alexander, through the Hundred Years War, indeed, to today, mercenaries have been ever-present, their role constantly evolving. In this compelling new history William Urban takes up their captivating and turbulent story from 1550 to 1763.
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