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Introduction; Part I. Foundations and Expansion: 1. Military resources for hire, 1450-1560; 2. The expansion of military enterprise, 1560-1620; 3. Diversity and adaptation: military enterprise during the Thirty Years' War; Part II. Operations and Structures: 4. The military contractor at war; 5. The business of war; 6. Continuity, transformation and rhetoric in European warfare after 1650; Conclusion.

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This book offers a substantial reconsideration of early modern warfare and its relationship to the power of the state.

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David Parrott is a Fellow and Lecturer at New College, University of Oxford. His previous books include Richelieu's Army: War, Government and Society in France, 1624-1642 (Cambridge, 2001).

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'David Parrott's sparkling and deeply-considered study is a seminal contribution to the history of warfare and government in all periods, and reveals that 'military outsourcing' was normal long before the Iraq War brought it into the headlines. Highly original in argument and notably lively in presentation, it will become a modern classic.' Hamish Scott, University of Glasgow
'David Parrott deftly explores the various shades of grey in the public private partnership between early modern state and military entrepreneurs. He proves that more often than not private enterprise simply did perform more efficiently than the state.' Lothar Hoebelt, University of Vienna
'This splendid survey prompts many further questions ... but the history of early modern warfare will never look the same again.' History Today
'This is an extremely important book. It marks a major reevaluation of almost everything we have believed about warfare in early modern Europe. It is not a picture of technology-driven change (though Parrott is aware of the significance of such innovations as the flintlock musket and ring bayonet), but instead a clear-eyed and unsentimental thesis showing how administrative and economic developments pushed warfare along specific lines. ... The range of Parrott's scholarship - especially in the German literature - is prodigious; the footnotes alone are worth the price of admission. Military historians will doubtless debate the details for some time to come, but that is the point: all subsequent work in early modern military history will have to take into account the Parrott thesis.' Renaissance Quarterly
'His scholarship draws on literature in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, with touches of scholarship in Swedish, Danish and Dutch. Few scholars have his Braudellian sweep, or the technical chops to bring together this mass of material into a cogent argument praising the efficiency of private capital in the military realm.' Gregory Hanlon, European History Quarterly
'Now it is evident that The Business of War will become our new reference point. However, this book is something more than a summary of recent research on the subject. This is the first major study that is free from old prejudices and examines facts at their face value.' Anton Tomsinov, Strife
"David Parrott's sparkling and deeply-considered study is a seminal contribution to the history of warfare and government in all periods, and reveals that "military outsourcing" was normal long before the Iraq War brought it into the headlines. Highly original in argument and notably lively in presentation, it will become a modern classic." Hamish Scott, University of Glasgow
"David Parrott deftly explores the various shades of grey in the public private partnership between early modern state and military entrepreneurs. He proves that more often than not private enterprise simply did perform more efficiently than the state." Lothar Hoebelt, University of Vienna
"... the present volume offers an eloquent, fresh interpretation of the military revolution and the relationship between warfare and nation-state development in early modern Europe." Jamie L. H. Goodall, EH.Net
"Essential." Choice
"A ground breaking study of mercenaries and military entrepreneurs in early modern Europe." StrategyPage
"The book is well crafted, articulate, and painstakingly researched." David Anderson, Military Review
"... Parrott has written a refreshing work, replete with evidence that may be new to many readers of early modern military history." David R. Lawrence, Michigan War Studies Review
"His scholarship draws on literature in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, with touches of scholarship in Swedish, Danish and Dutch. Few scholars have his Braudellian sweep, or the technical chops to bring together this mass of material into a cogent argument praising the efficiency of private capital in the military realm." Gregory Hanlon, European History Quarterly
"Now it is evident that The Business of War will become our new reference point. However, this book is something more than a summary of recent research on the subject. This is the first major study that is free from old prejudices and examines facts at their face value." Anton Tomsinov, Strife

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