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Denial of change: the 'Military Revolution' as seen by contemporaries

Heuser, B. (2012) Denial of change: the 'Military Revolution' as seen by contemporaries. International Bibliography for Military History, 32 (1). pp. 3-27. ISSN 2211-5757

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Writers on military matters from the 14th century until the late 18th century either regretted the decadence of their times compared with Antiquity, or they saw no great change in military affairs since Antiquity. Few saw a revolutionary change ushered in by gunpowder, although this number increased since the great "querelle" about the Ancients and the Moderns under Louis XIV. In the early 19th century, the balance tipped, and few would have denied that technology had profoundly changed warfare. All this is a far cry, however, from any contemporary perception of a "Military Revolution" in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:30469
Uncontrolled Keywords:military revolution; technology; Revolution in Military Affairs; Querelle; Renaissance; Early Modern; Late Middle Ages; warfare

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