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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
Late 17th Century

1-70190 RUSSIAN NAVY OF PETER THE GREAT (8) color plates, b/w illust/maps, ships, uniforms 1 vol, 48 pgs 2002 MOSCOW, ACT PUBLISHING
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1-666109 Abad, Ruben Saez LA GUERRA DE LOS NUEVE ANOS EN CATALUNA The Nine Years War with Catalonia, often called the War of the Grand Alliance or the War of the League of Augsburg, was a major war of the late 17th century fought between King Louis XIV of France, and a European-wide coalition, the Grand Alliance, led by the Anglo-Dutch Stadtholder-King William III, Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, King Charles II of Spain, Victor Amadeus II of Savoy, and the major and minor princes of the Holy Roman Empire.

Fought primarily on mainland Europe and its surrounding waters, it also encompassed a theater in Ireland and in Scotland, where William III and James II struggled for control of the British Isles, and a campaign in colonial North America between French and English settlers and their respective Indian allies, called 'King William's War' by the English colonists.

The main fighting took place around France's borders: in the Spanish Netherlands; the Rhineland; Duchy of Savoy; and Catalonia. The fighting generally favored Louis XIV's armies, but by 1696 his country was in the grip of an economic crisis. The Maritime Powers (England and the Dutch Republic) were also financially exhausted, and when Savoy defected from the Alliance all parties were keen for a negotiated settlement.

By the terms of the Treaty of Ryswick (1697) Louis XIV retained the whole of Alsace, but he was forced to return Lorraine to its ruler and give up any gains on the right bank of the Rhine. Louis XIV also accepted William III as the rightful King of England, while the Dutch acquired their Barrier fortress system in the Spanish Netherlands to help secure their own borders. However, with the ailing and childless Charles II of Spain approaching his end, a new conflict over the inheritance of the Spanish Empire would soon embroil Louis XIV and the Grand Alliance in a final war - the War of the Spanish Succession. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2016 SPAIN, ALMENA
NEW-pb, [Spanish text] available early May 2016 ......$28.00 rct

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1-207510 Blackmore, David DESTRUCTIVE AND FORMIDABLE: British Infantry Firepower 1642 - 1765 In the 17th and 18th centuries, the British Army's victories over the French at battles such as Blenheim in 1704, Minden and Quebec in 1759, and over the Jacobites at Culloden in 1746, were largely credited to its infantry's particularly effective and deadly firepower. For the first time, David Blackmore has gone back to original drill manuals and other contemporary sources to discover the reasons behind this.

This book employs an approach that starts by considering the procedures and practices of soldiers in a given period and analyses those in order understand how things were done and, in turn, why events unfolded as they did. In doing so, he has discovered a specifically British set of tactics, which created this effectiveness and allowed it to be maintained over such a long period, correcting many of the misconceptions about British infantry firepower in the age of the musket and linear warfare in a major new contribution to our understanding of an important period of British military history. Includes 14 line diagrams. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2015 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
NEW-dj, available mid February 2015 ......$50.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-204110 Childs, John NINE YEARS WAR AND THE BRITISH ARMY Between 1689 and 1697 the British army fought as a member of the Grand Alliance against Louis XIV. Despite the military and political significance of the European conflict, this book is the first historical investigation for over a century dealing with the operations of the principal campaigns in the Low Countries.

The book explores the diplomatic origins of the Nine Years' War and then focuses on the detailed organization of the British, Dutch, and other allied armies and the conduct of the operations. The specific campaigns are also examined and in particular the author looks at the strategic and tactical role played by the British.

This campaign and operational study of the British army will be of interest to both specialist and general military historians, as well as to political historians. 1 vol, 384 pgs 2014 US, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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1-90020 Childs, John WILLIAMITE WARS IN IRELAND, 1688-1691 The author cuts through myth and the accumulations of three centuries to present a balanced and detailed account of the subject. B/w maps/illust,notes, biblio, index 1 vol, 440 pgs 2008 UK, CONTINUUM PUBLISHING
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2-90020 Childs, John WILLIAMITE WARS IN IRELAND, 1688-1691 The author cuts through myth and the accumulations of three centuries to present a balanced and detailed account of the subject. B/w maps/illust,notes, biblio, index 1 vol, 440 pgs 2008 UK, CONTINUUM PUBLISHING
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1-27740 Church, Thomas edited by Samuel G. Drake HISTORY OF PHILLIP'S WAR Covers the Indian Wars of 1675, 1676, 1689, 1690,1692, 1696 and 1704. Numerous extracts from period documents, Drake provides notes about people and places referred to in the text. 1 vol, 360 pgs 2001 BOWIE, HERIATGE PRESS
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1-48730 Dalton, Charles SCOTS ARMY, THE:1661-1688 Details the commanders, provides regiment lists,muster rolls, extensive appendicies, index of the581 officers who rcvd commissions in the period. 1 vol, 320 pgs 1989 LONDON, GREENHILL BOOKS
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1-194820 de la Touche Lt General Desfarges and des Verquians, J.V edited by Michale Smithies Three Military Accounts Of The 1688 'Revolution' In Siam The coup d'etat of 18 May, 1688 in the Siamese 'Versailles' at Lopburi led to the establishment of the last Ayutthayan dynasty. But it was not just another internal palace coup in face of the imminent death of the reigning monarch, Narai. For the King's favorite, Phaulkon, had been instrumental in bringing a French expeditionary force into the country in October of the previous year, which had secret orders to seize Bangkok, the 'key of the kingdom', and Mergui, its chief port on the Andaman Sea. Phaulkon's original plan was to place Frenchmen in key positions in the country, perhaps with a view to ruling through a pliant successor, but the unexpected appearance of so many troops eclipsed that project and Phaulkon's hold on power.

The powerful courtier, Petracha, head of the elephant corps, playing on nationalist feelings and throughout 1688 outmaneuvered both Phaulkon and the French. Phaulkon was killed on Petracha's orders and the French were forced to surrender in Bangkok before being allowed to leave. The French general, Desfarges, played a treacherous role in these affairs, abandoning Phaulkon at a crucial juncture and refusing to give shelter to his widow in the French fort, largely because he wished to keep the money Phaulkon had handed to him for safe-keeping before he was betrayed.

Desfarges left an account to justify his actions, hoping to escape the rope on his return to France (he died beforehand). One of the officers sent to Mergui, Lieut. de la Touche, also wrote an account of events in this momentous year, describing the retreat from Mergui, his being taken prisoner and tortured, and his eventual release and return to Bangkok. The engineer in charge of the fortifications in Bangkok, des Verquains, also wrote an account of events, rich in information concerning the treachery of Desfarges, whom he hated, and his treatment of Phaulkon's widow. He goes on to describe the final ignominy of the French, being seized on their return voyage, at the Cape of Good Hope and made prisoner by the Dutch. These three illuminating texts have been brought together and translated from the French for the first time, and throw a great deal of light on the failure of the French to colonize Siam at the end of the 17th century.
1 vol, 192 pgs 2002 THAILAND, ORCHID PRESS
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1-60440 Ede-Borrett, Ede ARMY OF JAMES II Brief history of the British Army 1685-1689, flags, uniforms, organization, equipment, account of Sedgemore, list of Colonels, biblio. 1 vol, 60 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-68080 Hoglund, Lars-Eric SCANIAN WAR 1675-79:Colours and Uniforms 8.5x11, covers the war between Sweden and an alliance of Brandenberg, Denmark & Holland, eight color pages of 80+ colors/standards and twenty uniforms. 1 vol, 74 pgs 2002 SWEDEN, ACEDIA PRESS
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1-74610 Hunt, George T. WAR OF THE IROQUOIS, THE Classic study of the Iroquois Wars of Expansionduring 1650-1700, biblio, index. 1 vol, 218 pgs 2004 MADISON, UNIV OF WISCONSI
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1-205830 Lunde, Henrik A WARRIOR DYNASTY: The Rise and Fall of Sweden as a Military Superpower, 1611-1721 This fascinating book describes the rise and fall of the Swedish Empire in the 17th and 18th Centuries, events that could be viewed as impossible through the prisms of traditional elements of national power. Sweden was basically an agrarian society with a population of only 1.3 to 1.5 million.

However, as described in this book, the case of Sweden does not negate the traditional elements of power. Along with superb leadership and pure military skill, Sweden was able to compensate for its weaknesses in resources- manpower and finances-in the Thirty Years War by foreign resource mobilization. This horrific conflict exists in collective memory as the worst travail in German history, even worse than the Black Death and the world wars.

The twin shortfalls of manpower and finance haunted Sweden after the Thirty Years War as it tried to defend and expand its empire once foreign resource mobilization was no longer feasible, particularly on the financial side. This lack of resources eventually led to the downfall of the empire when beset by a host of enemies, including Russia, which delivered the fatal blow to Swedish arms deep inside Ukraine.

In this work renowned military historian Henrik O. Lunde unveils a fascinating chapter of Western history that is seldom seen or recognized by English or American readers 1 vol, 336 pgs 2014 US, CASEMATE
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1-58730 Lynn, John A. WARS OF LOUIS XIV, THE:1667-1714 A 'tour de force' by the leading authority, a comprehensive look at the forty years of war waged by Louis XIV, an explanation of both the strategy logistics of the various campaigns, maps, biblio

Table of Contents
List of maps
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Prologue: International and Internal Conflict 1500-1661
2. Louis XIV Gloire and Strategy
3. The Army, the Navy and the Art of War
4. Wars of Glorie: The War of Devolution and the Dutch War
5. Violence and State Policy: Reunions, Mediterranean Expeditions and Internal Struggles
6. The Great Miscalculation: The Nine Year's War
7. The Final Contest: The War of the Spanish Succession
8. The Wars of Louis XIV in the Context of the History of War
Chronology
Bibliographical Essay
1 vol, 421 pgs 2012 LONDON, ROUTLEDGE PRESS
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1-2123803 Malden, Henry Elliot SALUS VIENNA TUA: The Great Siege of 1683 Provides a detailed account of the intricate machinations between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans. Detail the negotiations among the Christian princes and the marches of the various armies. Includes 15 color plates.

This book is based on 'Vienna 1683 The History And Consequences Of The Defeat Of The Turks Before Vienna, September 12, 1683 By John Sobieski, King Of Poland And Charles Leopold, Duke Of Lorraine' by Henry Elliot Malden - London, Regan Paul, Trexcii & Co 1883 1 vol, 116 pgs 2016 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
NEW-pb, available mid September 2016 - Full English Text ......$39.00 rct

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1-195730 Malleson, George Bruce PRINCE EUGENE OF SAVOY George Bruce Malleson (1825-98) was a British army officer and military historian. This volume, first published in 1888, contains his detailed biography of the highly successful military commander Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736), providing valuable insights into the methods and strategies of warfare during this period. 1 vol, 302 pgs 2011 UK, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
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1-63430 Moore A. ARMY OF BRANDENBERG PRUSSIA 1680-1715, THE Uniform and organization guide, well illustrated. 1 vol, 16 pgs 1998 UK, GOSLING PRESS
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1-72890 Reid, Stuart LAST SCOTS ARMY 1661-1714, THE An account of the Royal Scots Army that served and fought both in Scotland and overseas in Flanders with the Duke of Marlborough, listing of Regt's, (8) uniform colors/flags plates, o/b's. 1 vol, 76 pgs 2003 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-210060 Scott, Chris THE MILITIA OF THE MONMOUTH REBELLION In his political moves to expend his small regular army, James II denigrated his militia, saying they were not up to the job of defending the county, and implying that they were cowardly, ill-disciplined, poorly administrated, badly led, and prone to deserting.

James and his senior commanders, in a remarkable piece of political spin created a picture of an unreliable force, virtually useless on all occasions. This concocted interpretation has been repeated by generations of historians, but the problem is that it's just not true.

This volume delves into the state of the militia of The Monmouth Rebellion and reveals just what a well-organized equipped and creditable army they were, being capable of drilling, marching and even fighting when called upon to do so. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
NEW-softcover, available late December 2015 ......$30.00 rct

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1-90150 Scott, Christopher ARMIES AND UNIFORMS OF THE MONMOUTH REBELLION Campaign & uniforms guide, well-illustrated in full color, fantastic color illust of Flags and Standards by Lesley Prince. 1 vol, 122 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-207620 Warren, Jason W. CONNECTICUT UNSCATHED: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676 The conflict that historians have called King Philip's War still ranks as one of the bloodiest per capita in American history. An Indian coalition ravaged much of New England, killing 600 colonial fighting men (not including their Indian allies), obliterating 17 white towns, and damaging more than 50 settlements.

The version of these events that has come down to us focuses on Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay - the colonies whose commentators dominated the storytelling. But because Connecticut lacked a chronicler, its experience has gone largely untold. This imbalance generated an incomplete narrative of the war. Dubbed King Philip's War after the Wampanoag architect of the hostilities, the conflict, Warren asserts, should more properly be called the Great Narragansett War, broadening its context in time and place and indicating the critical role of the Narragansetts, the largest tribe in southern New England.

In contrast to its sister colonies, Connecticut emerged from the war relatively unharmed. The colony's comparatively moderate Indian policies made possible an effective alliance with the Mohegans and Pequots. These Indian allies proved crucial to the colony's war effort, Warren contends, and at the same time denied the enemy extra manpower and intelligence regarding the surrounding terrain and colonial troop movements. When Connecticut became the primary target of hostile Indian forces - especially the powerful Narragansetts - the colony's military prowess and its enlightened treatment of Indians allowed it to persevere.

Connecticut's experience, properly understood, affords a new perspective on the Great Narragansett War-and a reevaluation of its place in the conflict between the Narragansetts and the Mohegans and the Pequots of Connecticut, and in American history. Includes 13 b/w illustrations/maps.
1 vol, 240 pgs 2014 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
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1-197060 Wheatcroft ENEMY AT THE GATE: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the 'Golden Apple,' as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding seventeenth-century grenades against Habsburg armies, widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows during the battle for Christianity's bulwark.

Each side was sustained by the hatred of its age-old enemy, certain that victory would be won by the grace of God.The Great Siege of Vienna is the centerpiece for historian Andrew Wheatcroft's richly drawn portrait of the centuries-long rivalry between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for control of the European continent. A gripping work by a master historian, The Enemy at the Gate offers a timely examination of an epic clash of civilizations. 1 vol, 384 pgs 2010 US, BASIC BOOKS
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1-63440 Wilson, John BAVARIAN ARMY 1685-1715, THE Uniform and organization guide, well illustrated. 1 vol, 16 pgs 1998 UK, GOSLING PRESS
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