BAYONETS AND SCIMITARS: Arms, Armies and Mercenaries 1700-1789
The 18th century marked a period of significant economic, political, and technological upheaval, which led to the American and French revolutions, and was to ultimately pave the way for Europe's domination of much of the world during the 19th century.
The wars and political maneuvering of Frederick the Great and Catherine the Great transformed Prussia and Russia into major players in European politics. France, the richest nation in the West; survived losing successive wars, then bankrupted itself assisting the Americans in an unnecessary war of revenge. Britain became the model of economic and financial efficiency and made itself supreme in North America, the Caribbean, and in India, only to face such financial troubles that its leaders antagonized its colonial subjects in America.
This new book traces the evolution of war making throughout this turbulent period - the politics, the weaponry, the organization of armies, and the transformation of mercenaries into professionals.
NEW-dj, available late October 2013 ......$40.00
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