The debate about the ?Military Revolution? has been one of the most controversial and exciting areas of discussion and research in the fields of early modern European history and military history. Scholars have long sought to explain the massive changes in European military techniques and technologies that took place between the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the industrial age?changes that transformed the armies and navies of the West into the most powerful war-making entities the world had ever known.Historians have disagreed about and vigorously debated the importance of these changes for European politics, for the process of state formation, for the rise of the West, and for warfare itself. This book brings together, for the first time, the classic articles that began and have shaped this debate, adding important new essays by eminent historians of early modern Europe to further this important scholarly interchange. The contributors consider topics ranging from the battlefield to the gunmaker's workshop, from England to India, and from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The Military Revolution Debate will be required reading for anyone interested in what is undoubtedly one of the hottest areas in military history today.
Clifford J. Rogers is an Olin Fellow in Military and Strategic History at Yale University.
* The Military Revolution in History and Historiography Clifford J. Rogers. Paradigms * The Military Revolution, 15601660 Michael Roberts. * The Military Revolution, 15601660A Myth? Geoffrey Parker. * The Military Revolutions of the Hundred Years War C. J. Rogers. * A Military Revolution? A 16601792 Perpective Jeremy Black. Aspects * Recalculating French Army Growth During the Grand Sicle, 16101715 John A. Lynn. * The Military Revolution and the Professionalisation of the French Army Under the Ancien Rgime Colin Jones. * The trace italienne and the Growth of Armies: The French Case J. A. Lynn. * Fortifications and the Military Revolution: The Gonzaga Experience, 15301630 Thomas F. Arnold. * Strategy and Tactics in the Thirty Years War: The Military Revolution David A. Parrott. * Tactics or Politics? The Military Revolution and the Hapsburg Hegemony, 15251648 Simon Adams. * Money, Money, and Yet More Money! Finance, the Fiscal-State, and the Military Revolution: Spain 15001650 I.A.A. Thompson. * The Military Revolution: Origins and First Tests Abroad John F. Guilmartin, Jr. Rejoinder * In Defense of The Military Revolution G. Parker.