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3.0 out of 5 stars Management of Venetian army, 3 Nov. 2011
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K. Birznieks (Latvia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Military Organisation of a Renaissance State: Venice c.1400 to 1617 (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History) (Paperback)
The book has more similarities with a textbook on management issues than with a book on history. The intriguing details of main characters (which usually helps explaining their motives) are omitted altogether (i had to wiki most of the characters to find out who they where), despite the obvious fact that certain clans and their clan-related interests and issues influenced the course of warfare in Italy more than Venetian "parliament" decisions. Neither the book provides enough of the motives driving the opposing parties - the Milanese or Turks, for example (which to my understanding is important since the military decisions in medieval Italy actually depended very much on what you EXPECTED your opponent AND your friends would do, and the sides were changed frequently). I also lacked the backgrounder on the changing state of economy in Venice (which, as the author explains, affected the size and composition of Venetian army to a large extent). As a result, the book is not very fun to read.

At the same time I have no doubt that the authors know their "fabric", as they provide plenty of data on army size in various periods of time, of their pay, total budget etc. It would just be helpful if these data could be put into perspective.

Then, again, I am just an economist... :)
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