Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV

Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV

Volume 5: Armies of the Italian States – 1660-1690

Bruno Mugnai

It was a commonplace that Italy offers little of interest to military historians after the full flower of the Renaissance, and that it had been deservedly forgotten.
Date Published :
January 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
16 color plates, 100 greyscale images, pictures, diagrams and maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781914059285
Pages : 324
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
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Overview
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It was a commonplace that Italy offers little of interest to military historians after the full flower of the Renaissance, and that it had been deservedly forgotten. Italian Risorgimento desperately wanted to repudiate the values of the previous centuries. In place of a politically fragmented and militarily weak collection of small states, in the thrall of Counter-Reformation Catholicism, the 19th century historians dreamed of a united, secular, industrial and well armed country that could withstand comparison to France, England and Germany. The lack of interest on this period increased even more under the fascist regime, which preferred to elude a period in which Italian states appeared as political entities dominated by foreign interference, and focusing on the unreal Imperial myth reworked from the vestiges of the monuments of ancient Rome.

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 1700. 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, including 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regarding social elites progressively demilitarized to an unequaled extent anywhere else in Europe should be considered no longer valid.

About The Author
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Bruno Mugnai was born in Florence in 1962 and still lives there with Silvia, Chiara and Eugenio. Active for years as a divulger of history and illustrator, he has published several titles for publishers such as the Historical Office of the Italian Army and Helion & Company in the UK, concerning to the periods and geographical areas of his interest, as the Ancient Italian States, central and eastern Europe in 16th, 17th and 18th century and South America after the conquest. As an illustrator he is collaborating with important Italian and foreign specialists and with the Stibbert Museum of Florence. Bruno is a Rugby Football Union enthusiast, who is still trusting in the Italian Grand Slam in the Six Nations Tournament.

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