Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV
Volume 6 - Armies of the Italian States 1660-1690, Part 1Series:
Imprint: Helion and Company
340 Pages, 7 x 9.75 in, 60 b/w illustrations, 13 b/w photos, 20 color illustrations, 19 maps,2 diagrams
- March 2023
- In Stock
However, in the 17th century Italy was the third-largest country by population in Europe, after France and Germany, passing into second position for a century after 1650. Northern as well as southern Italy constituted a key place in the strategic duel between Spain and France, and the Peninsula lied on the front line in the struggle against the Ottoman Empire. Moreover, Italian states constituted good examples of fairly efficient governance machines, which developed many matters, included the ‘Military’. Some of these states experienced long periods of wars, to the point that the claim regarding social elites progressively demilitarized to an unequaled extent anywhere else in Europe should be considered no longer valid.
This first part of Volume 6 places Italian political and military within the wider European context and examines the armies of Savoy-Piedmont and the Republic of Venice.