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Title:
The twilight of a military tradition : Italian aristocrats and European conflicts, 1560-1800
Author:
Hanlon, Gregory, 1953-
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Publication Information:
New York : Holmes & Meier, 1998.
Physical Description:
xii, 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780841913875

9780841913882
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Book

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Central Library DG483.5 .H36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Investigates the abrupt decline of Italian military activity in the middle of the 17th century and reasons underlying it. After situating the place of Italian military commanders, officers, and adventurers at the close of the wars of Italy in 1559, chapters chart their progress and decline, looking


Summary

Investigates the abrupt decline of Italian military activity in the middle of the 17th century and reasons underlying it. After situating the place of Italian military commanders, officers, and adventurers at the close of the wars of Italy in 1559, chapters chart their progress and decline, looking at Italy in the age of Habsburg hegemony, the Forty Years War, the Venetian epic, the Spanish crisis and the rise of Austria, the Piedmontese exception, and the Great Powers and Italian demilitarization. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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Choice Review

Subject to widespread ridicule in the 19th and 20th centuries, Italian military achievements hardly seem worthy of study. However, Hanlon argues that Italian political and social elites had a well-established military tradition in the 16th century that was widely recognized and respected throughout Europe, and that it declined only in the late 17th century as those elites lost interest in military careers when customary opportunities for military service at home and abroad disappeared. Hanlon demonstrates this through a detailed narrative of European military history of the period, focusing on the role and activities of Italian soldiers and seamen. Some of his evidence, such as the Italian contribution to the battle of Lepanto in 1571 and the large numbers of Italians who served in the Spanish army at the peak of its power, is fascinating. Moreover, his account of military operations is done with considerable skill and provides an interesting "Italian perspective" on the highly complex struggles of the European powers from the 16th to the 18th centuries. An important contribution to an admittedly minor but nonetheless almost completely neglected subject. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. H. Larson Lycoming College


Choice Review

Subject to widespread ridicule in the 19th and 20th centuries, Italian military achievements hardly seem worthy of study. However, Hanlon argues that Italian political and social elites had a well-established military tradition in the 16th century that was widely recognized and respected throughout Europe, and that it declined only in the late 17th century as those elites lost interest in military careers when customary opportunities for military service at home and abroad disappeared. Hanlon demonstrates this through a detailed narrative of European military history of the period, focusing on the role and activities of Italian soldiers and seamen. Some of his evidence, such as the Italian contribution to the battle of Lepanto in 1571 and the large numbers of Italians who served in the Spanish army at the peak of its power, is fascinating. Moreover, his account of military operations is done with considerable skill and provides an interesting "Italian perspective" on the highly complex struggles of the European powers from the 16th to the 18th centuries. An important contribution to an admittedly minor but nonetheless almost completely neglected subject. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. H. Larson Lycoming College


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