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Richelieu's Army: War, Government and Society in France, 1624-1642 (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History) Paperback – 12 Jan 2008
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'This book bucks the trend. Most books promise far lass than their titles, but Parrott delivers more … a major work for those interested in early-modern military history.' History Today
'This is a monumental study, which not only puts a definitive stamp on its subject but sets a high standard for all future military historians.' Theodore K Rabb, The Times Literary Supplement
'No previous study has lavished such attention on this chapter in military history … This is a monumental study, which not only puts a definite stamp on its subject but sets a high standard for all future military historians.' European History
'The originality of this book lies in Parrott's mastery of the literature on seventeenth-century warfare written in all the major Western European languages. It is a triumph of scholarship that, by placing French developments in a wider European context, will have an impact well beyond the hexagon … We can only congratulate David Parrott on producing such a fine monument.' H-FRANCE
'This is a book that beautifully illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of institutional history.' History
'It is one of the most important studies of early modern warfare since the revival of that subject in the 1970s, as well as being an important contribution to seventeenth-century French and European history.' War in History
It is assumed widely that 'war made the state' in seventeenth-century France. Yet this study challenges the traditional interpretations of the role of the army as an instrument of the emerging absolutist state, and shows how the expansion of the French war effort contributed to weakening Richelieu's hold upon France. Runner up in the History Today Awards 2002.
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Over five hundred pages of well-researched details. His key conclusion was that this period, 1624-1642, was not quite the Revolution in Military Affairs that others claim, because military operations still relied on a patron-client relationship between rulers and generals. It would be many more years before military officers became a professional class as we know them today.