1 edition of Bayonets for Hire found in the catalog.
|Statement||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Publishers||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 134 p. :|
|Number of Pages||89|
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Publication date 01 Apr 2016• Unless you happen to be an expert in that time period and location, those names Livonia and Courland are relatively meaningless to today's audience. Morgan Professor of History at Monmouth College, Illinois, USA. Money gave way, temporarily, to patriotism. We are told that these rulers hired mercenaries, but nothing more about them except that they were expensive.
William L Urban is an internationally recognised authority on the history of European warfare. Henceforth, mercenaries in Western Europe, individuals and units alike, would serve in armies raised, paid and controlled by governments. Bayonets for Hire McNeill is the author of The Rise of the West and is among the worlds most respected historians.
Money gave way, temporarily, to patriotism. By the mid-1700s military service had become a profession. Whether today's leaders are correct or not in their belief is immaterial to the tale supposedly being told, so why inject that political commentary in this book? The old-fashioned mercenary was less common, but he would not disappear until swept away by the volunteer armies of the French Revolution. The Middle Ages ended, Urban declares, when professionals took over everywhere—above all in war.
The 16th century saw increasing sophistication in European politics and commerce, religious and scientific thought, and military technology.
Urban does not romanticize the mercenaries. This does not give the author much space. Mercenary commanders kept wars going for profit.
Maybe these were thrown in to provide some mild tillitating entertainment while slogging through a mass of dates and location names?
Money gave way, temporarily, to patriotism.
In this compelling new history William Urban takes up their captivating and turbulent story from 1550 to 1789: from the Wars of Religion to the eve of the French Revolution.
Best Sellers Rank: 3,017,392 in Books• Best Sellers Rank: 1,353,335 in Kindle Store• Their distinguishing characteristic was expendability.