Synopses & Reviews
The three centuries following the discovery of the New World was a period of unprecedented global expansion, spearheaded by the lusty armies of the imperial European powers. This volume of The Cambridge Illustrated Atlases of Warfare is a lively and elaborately illustrated study of warfare during the early modern period, ranging from the European Renaissance to the American Revolution. Unique color maps and authoritative text illuminate the major military and naval developments that characterized the period. Feature boxes describe key events, important military confrontations, individual tacticians, battle strategies and weapons. Throughout, the author pays particular attention to the effects of European military expansion on the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean. This comprehensive and accessible book about a fascinating and important period will appeal to war buffs and historians alike.
"The atlas's elegant design and color illustration make global war history palatable in appeal to military and naval historians, and more causal students." Reference &Research Book News"Excellent....very accessible and authoritative." Reader's Review"Jeremy Black, professor of History at Exeter University, has written an excelllent reference work that covers warfare from the Renaissance (or at least from 1492) to 1792....Black's Atlas is a beautiful work to behold....The text is concise and accurate throughout the volume and the non-military expert will find it a useful reference work. Military historians would do well to add this superb atlas to their collection....it is not surprising to find his work an excellent example of what the genre can accomplish." Rand Burnette, Renaissance Quarterly"...a military history supported by superb cartography....Black's [is a] masterful text. His account of the period's history combines succinct exposition while avoiding the easy explanation or riding the hobby horse of a few grand themes....This is an atlas equally useful for the reader as the student. It is also one that will be welcomed by those searching for quality additions to multi-cultural collections." American Reference Book Annual 1997"...a marvelous book. Specialists will doubtless be sparked by both maps and text to rethink their own perspective on the period as a whole. Nonspecialists will find it an excellent panoramic introduction to war in the early modern world. As such, an introduction, especially considering its truly global coverage, this atlas stands alone." Thomas F. Arnold, Sixteenth Century Journal"This is a much-needed introduction to early modern military history. It contains over ninety maps of campaign trajectories and battle diagrams that are clear, uncluttered, and relate to the immediate discussion. More impressive is the narrative: it represents the first synthesis of early modern warfare from a global perspective." Journal of Military History"This is an atlas equally useful for the reader as the student. It is also that will be welcomed by those searching for quality additions to multicultural collections." American Reference Books Annual"This ia an atlas equally usefull for the reader as well as the student. It is also on ethat will be welcomed by those searching for quality additions to multicultural collections." American Reference Books Annual"...this attractive volume is best suited for laymen, scholars will be pleased by some of the subjects it covers." Charles Ingrao, International History Review"...this book should reach `best seller' through adoption as a text." Ron Whistance-Smith, WAML Information Bulletin
A thorough introduction to the military and naval history of the years 1492 to 1792.
The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: Renaissance to Revolution provides a thorough introduction to the military and naval history of the years 1492 to 1792, covering the period from the European Renaissance to the revolutionary wars of the late eighteenth century. Detailed colour maps, battle plans, and colour and black and white illustrations combine with an authoritative text to illuminate developments in warfare on both land and sea. Particular attention is paid to the effects of European military expansion on the rest of the world including the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean. Special feature boxes are deveoted to key events, to the more complicated and intriguing military confrontations and individual tacticians, and to key topics such as weapons, battle strategies, the rise of naval warfare, and the composition of armies.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The basis of military power; 2. Warfare in the wider world, 1490-1700; 3. Warfare in Europe, 1492-1600; 4. Warfare in Europe, 1600-1680; 5. Warfare in Europe, 168-1740; 6. Warfare in Europe, 1700-1792; 7. Warfare in the wider world 1700-1792; Conclusion: world military power in 1792; Glossary; Further reading; Timeline; Picture credits; Index.