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Giant of the Grand Siecle


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Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Context and Parameters: 1. Contexts of military change in the Grand Siecle; 2. Army growth; Part II. Administration and Supply: 3. The military administration; 4. Food and fodder; 5. Providing other essentials; 6. The tax of violence and contributions; Part III. Command: 7. The costs of regimental command; 8. The culture of command; 9. The high command; Part IV. The Rank and File: 10. Army composition; 11. Recruitment; 12. Discipline and desertion; 13. Elements of morale and motivation: dependence and loyalty; Part V. The Practice of War: 14. Weaponry and tactics; 15. Learning and practising the art of field warfare; 16. Positional warfare; Epilogue: insights on state formation; Bibliography; Index.

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A detailed revisionist analysis of the seventeenth-century French army.


'John Lynn has undoubtedly made a substantial contribution to the growing literature which has revised the history of seventeenth-century France.' Times Literary Supplement

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