By Robert Doughty, Ira Gruber, Roy Flint, Mark Grimsley, George Herring

Authoritative and concise, struggle within the Western global concentrates on chosen campaigns and battles, displaying how political and armed forces leaders within the West have used armies to salary battle successfully over the past 4 centuries. The textual content strikes during the centuries, discussing how operational advancements and technological advancements finally ended in the idea that of overall battle, first approached within the American Civil struggle and culminating within the 20th century's international wars.

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Commanding and He inspiring synthesized early seventeenth-century European military practices to give the military revolution its fullest operational expression. defeat more numerous enemies, and who waged war with prudence and perHe also became thoroughly familiar with the best military prac- severance. tices of the early seventeenth century: he studied tactics with a Swedish gen- Netherlands, and he lost no opportunity in his travels to observe other armies or to discuss tactics and strategy.

They might also have provided peace and security for the Empire had not Ferdinand been such a zealous Catholic. In August 1630 Ferdinand dismissed Wallenstein in an attempt to appease German leaders angered by the heavy costs of war and the Edict of Restitution. He recalled him to command in the autumn of 1631 after the Battle of Breitenfeld. Now in the late spring of 1632, Wallenstein and Gustavus Adolphus were marching toward each other. On Nuremberg, Gustavus Adolphus Bohemia to meet him. He decided, therefore, to fortify a camp outside Nuremberg and assemble his forces for a climactic battle.

No country was more interested in what the Dutch had done than Sweden. Swedish kings hired the Dutch to modernize their army, and Swedish officers studied in the Netherlands and read Dutch books. But it was Gustavus Adolphus who most systematically exploited Dutch practices training, organizing, and employing his army. in recruiting, Gustavus Adolphus and the Military Revolution The King and the Military State Although only seventeen when he came to the throne of Sweden in 1611, Gustavus Adolphus was even then remarkably well suited to be king.

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