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The pope's soldiers : a military history of the modern Vatican

Author: David J Alvarez
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©2011.
Series: Modern war studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Most students of history assume that the age of the "warlord popes" ended with the Renaissance, but, long after the victory of Catholic powers at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, the Papacy continued to entangle itself in martial affairs. The Vatican participated in six major military campaigns between 1796 and 1870, flew the papal flag over a warship as late as 1878, and during the Second World War mobilized more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David J Alvarez
ISBN: 9780700617708 0700617701
OCLC Number: 681500334
Description: xiii, 429 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
The worst army in Europe --
A cause worth fighting for --
A war too soon --
Red Shirts and brigands --
The last stand of the papal army --
An army without a state --
Armed neutrality --
Guardian angels.
Series Title: Modern war studies.
Responsibility: David Alvarez.

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The first general history of the papal armed forces. Provides a comprehensive chronicle of the modern Vatican's Military/security forces from 1796 to the present-day deployment of modern weapons,  Read more...

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"An extraordinary and unparalleled work that tells a fascinating story of considerable importance for understanding the history of the Papacy and modern Italy."--Brian R. Sullivan, coauthor of Il Read more...

 
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