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The Military Revolution in Sixteenth-Century Europe Hardcover

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Barnes Noble Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760707650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760707654
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,120,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
From the Author's Introduction:
"This book introduces the military revolution of the sixteenth century, draws the distinction between it and earlier attempts to define a military revolution in the early modern period, and shows how the revolution affected England and other countries in practice. In doing so it introduces the reader to an invaluable source for the study of these developments: military theory. Sixteenth-century theory and practice were more interdependent than might at first be realised. It is only through the theory that we gain a really clear insight into the rationale behind the changes in the art of war during the century. Equally, previous attempts to understand the military writings of the period have suffered from a failure to relate them to overall military developments.
This was particularly true of English military theorists, for, as we shall see, many of the most important writings owe their existence to the need to propagate military change and bring continental military developments to the attention of a native English audience. England's military change during the century was but one dimension of a wider European modernisation, which English military theorists belatedly sought to communicate".
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Format: Hardcover
From the Author's Introduction:
"This book introduces the military revolution of the sixteenth century, draws the distinction between it and earlier attempts to define a military revolution in the early modern period, and shows how the revolution affected England and other countries in practice. In doing so it introduces the reader to an invaluable source for the study of these developments: military theory. Sixteenth-century theory and practice were more interdependent than might at first be realised. It is only through the theory that we gain a really clear insight into the rationale behind the changes in the art of war during the century. Equally, previous attempts to understand the military writings of the period have suffered from a failure to relate them to overall military developments.
This was particularly true of English military theorists, for, as we shall see, many of the most important writings owe their existence to the need to propagate military change and bring continental military developments to the attention of a native English audience. England's military change during the century was but one dimension of a wider European modernisation, which English military theorists belatedly sought to communicate".
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By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
...this book has many qualities, and i recommend that you buy this, whether or not you are into history, because you won't be able to put this book down. wikid
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90be7b04) out of 5 stars Excellent, insightful survey. 10 Feb. 2008
By oakheart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Eltis's book offers an excellent survey of the technological and tactical changes in military science that occured in the sixteenth century. It does not detail specific battles, but it references many battles from all across Europe that illustrate the points discussed. It also includes a fascinating chapter explaining why this military revolution did not reach England until well after it had swept the continent.

The prose is occassionaly verbose and he often repeats his conclusions, but these faults only strengthen the read for the layperson. The first chapter is primarily a philosphical arguement against the less thorough theories of two previous historians, but even disregarding that chapter, this book is a key work on the transition of military matters from Renaissence to modern.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90be7b58) out of 5 stars David Eltis can write a riveting read 10 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
David Eltis is a wonderful author. Words cannot describe how exciting it is to read the thoughts of such an intelligent man. David adds many bonus points and witty asides to what is a fascinating subject. This man clearly has a great future ahead of him, gentleman. I hear he also writes tedious plays but this may be a rumour. Go Eltis go Eltis!
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90be7d2c) out of 5 stars Great read 10 Nov. 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think this book really explored the depths of human emotion and aggression. A fantastic read and well worth recommending. Big up Dr Eltis
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90bec1a4) out of 5 stars Lucid, clear and daring 27 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A Book that challenges and informs while never losing sight of its objecitves
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HASH(0x90bec084) out of 5 stars Why rush in the queue for hell? 24 May 2000
By Mr Andrew Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It seems extraordinary that a man who claims to write about the sixteenth century has omitted some of the key aspects of the period, such as the Crusades and The Norman Conquest. This oversight is deeply criminal and the book flounders for it.
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