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Richelieu's army : war, government, and society in France, 1624-1642

Author: David Parrott
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: Cambridge studies in early modern history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It is assumed widely that 'war made the state' in seventeenth-century France. Yet this study challenges the traditional interpretations of the role of the army as an instrument of the emerging absolutist state, and shows how the expansion of the French war effort contributed to weakening Richelieu's hold upon France. Runner up in the History Today Awards 2002.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Military history
Named Person: Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu, duc de; Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu, duc de
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Parrott
ISBN: 0511046979 9780511046971 0511154070 9780511154072 0511018185 9780511018183
OCLC Number: 1162366528
Language Note: English.
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
""Saxe-Weimar and 'general contractors' in French service""
Description: 1 online resource (628 p.).
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Half-title""; ""Series-title""; ""Title""; ""Copyright""; ""Dedication""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgements""; ""Glossary""; ""COMPANY AND REGIMENTAL OFFICERS""; ""WEAPONRY, EQUIPMENT AND PROVISIONING""; ""ARMY ORGANIZATION""; ""Abbreviations""; ""INTRODUCTION War, government and society in France, 1624�1642""; ""PART I The military context""; ""1 The French art of war during Richelieu's ministry""; ""THE FRENCH `ART OF WARFARE' IN THEORY""; ""A rhetoric of military reform""; ""The Huguenot adoption of the Orangist military rhetoric and its alternatives"" ""The significance of tactical theory""""THE FRENCH `ART OF WARFARE' IN PRACTICE""; ""Training and drill in the French armies""; ""The role of veteran and foreign troops in military effectiveness""; ""Optimum unit size and the decline of effective troop numbers""; ""A WAR OF SIEGES""; ""The shortage of cavalry""; ""The French armies and their artillery""; ""Success and failure on the battlefield""; ""War-winning strategies""; ""CONCLUSION""; ""2 France at war, 1624�1642""; ""AIMS AND METHODS, 1624�1634""; ""FRANCE AND THE EUROPEAN CRISIS, 1618�1626"" ""Calculating the size of the army from revues and their extraits""""The approximate size of the French army before 1635""; ""The French army from 1635 to 1642""; ""CONCLUSION""; ""PART II The administrative context""; ""4 Paying for war""; ""CROWN REVENUES AND THE COSTS OF THE WAR-EFFORT""; ""THE INADEQUACY OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES""; ""The burden of deficit finance""; ""SHORTAGE OF SPECIE AND PROBLEMS OF CONVERSION""; ""Corruption""; ""Corruption within the administration of the armies""; ""The predators"" ""THE IMPLICATIONS OF FINANCIAL INADEQUACY FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDING TO THE ARMIES""""The use of assigned revenues""; ""The surintendants' order of priorities and military contributions""; ""The introduction of new taxes""; ""5 Recruiting and maintaining armies during the Thirty Years War: military enterprise""; ""THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SYSTEM""; ""The military enterpriser in the Thirty Years War""; ""The 'contributions-system'""; ""The entrepreneurial 'way of warfare'""; ""FRENCH RESPONSES TO MILITARY ENTERPRISE""; ""Political fears""; ""The French monarchy and foreign mercenaries""
Series Title: Cambridge studies in early modern history.
Responsibility: David Parrot.

Abstract:

It is assumed widely that 'war made the state' in seventeenth-century France. Yet this study challenges the traditional interpretations of the role of the army as an instrument of the emerging absolutist state, and shows how the expansion of the French war effort contributed to weakening Richelieu's hold upon France. Runner up in the History Today Awards 2002.

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