The Business of War: Military Enterprise and Military Revolution in Early Modern Europe Paperback – 8 Mar 2012
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'David Parrott's sparkling and deeply-considered study is a seminal contribution to the history of warfare and government in all periods, and reveals that 'military outsourcing' was normal long before the Iraq War brought it into the headlines. Highly original in argument and notably lively in presentation, it will become a modern classic.' Hamish Scott, University of Glasgow
'David Parrott deftly explores the various shades of grey in the public private partnership between early modern state and military entrepreneurs. He proves that more often than not private enterprise simply did perform more efficiently than the state.' Lothar Höbelt, University of Vienna
'This splendid survey prompts many further questions … but the history of early modern warfare will never look the same again.' History Today
'This is an extremely important book. It marks a major reevaluation of almost everything we have believed about warfare in early modern Europe. It is not a picture of technology-driven change (though Parrott is aware of the significance of such innovations as the flintlock musket and ring bayonet), but instead a clear-eyed and unsentimental thesis showing how administrative and economic developments pushed warfare along specific lines. … The range of Parrott's scholarship - especially in the German literature - is prodigious; the footnotes alone are worth the price of admission. Military historians will doubtless debate the details for some time to come, but that is the point: all subsequent work in early modern military history will have to take into account the Parrott thesis.' Renaissance Quarterly
'His scholarship draws on literature in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, with touches of scholarship in Swedish, Danish and Dutch. Few scholars have his Braudellian sweep, or the technical chops to bring together this mass of material into a cogent argument praising the efficiency of private capital in the military realm.' Gregory Hanlon, European History Quarterly
'Now it is evident that The Business of War will become our new reference point. However, this book is something more than a summary of recent research on the subject. This is the first major study that is free from old prejudices and examines facts at their face value.' Anton Tomsinov, Strife
An important re-evaluation of early modern warfare and its relationship to the power of the state. David Parrott reveals how far states devolved to private contractors the raising and equipping of troops, the construction and management of navies, the manufacture and distribution of weapons and even the conduct of war.See all Product description
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The result is that Parrott's work may alter the understanding of the "Military Revolution" thesis, and suggest revisions to our understanding of the "mercenary" who has become a byword for Early Modern warfare. The book also examines the processes of the logistical tasks carried out by both private captains and state bureaucracy, and focuses on coordination as well as dissent between these two interwoven agencies.
A much needed Academic work to breathe more life into this period, I recommend it highly. The conclusions are controversial in some cases, but this has never been a subject without controversy. Indeed, in an age when discussions of private military forces are growing and in some cases being implemented, this read gives a vital insight to the age old problem of feeding Mars and highlights the solutions found by Europe's states, for better or worse, in the Early Modern world.
Not much is said about the mercenary's daily life, but much more about the logistics, strategy, the nature of the service, the problems faced by contractors and impresarios.
If you are into the Renaissance warfare, this book is absolutely must read.
'Until recently treated as gangs of thugs-for-hire available to states unwilling to maintain armies of their own, in recent years mercenaries and military entrepreneurs have been getting more respect in the literature, a trend to which this is a very useful contribution. Parrott (New College, Oxford), who also wrote Richelieu's Army: War, Government and Society in France, 1624-1642 (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History), essentially argues that mercenaries were the standing armies of the times, times in which state resources, even of major players, such as France or the Hapsburgs, were so administratively weak as to obviate the maintenance of substantial standing forces. He goes on to argue that mercenaries laid the foundations for the military institutions that the great powers would create as their bureaucratic institutions developed. Parrott spends about a third of the book looking at the period from the mid-fifteenth to the early seventeenth century, and then plunges into the Thirty Years' War, which arguably was the acme of the age of the mercenary and the military entrepreneur. The balance of the book examines the work of the military entrepreneurs during the protracted struggle, the conduct of operations, with many at times surprising examples, and how these experiences underpinned the rise of standing armies later in the Seventeenth Century. Parrott concludes by making interesting comparisons between the military entrepreneurs of the Seventeenth Century and the newer ones of the Twenty-first, with the rise of the private security and military corporations that have been playing not always laudable roles in recent conflicts. An important read for those interested in mercs, the Thirty Years War, the rise of modern military institutions, and the new era of private military entrepreneurs.'
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