Author: Franz A.J. Szabo
Release Date: 2013-11-05
In this pioneering new work, based on a thorough re-reading of primary sources and new research in the Austrian State Archives, Franz Szabo presents a fascinating reassessment of the continental war. Professor Szabo challenges the well-established myth that the Seven Years War was won through the military skill and tenacity of the King of Prussia, often styled Frederick “the Great”. Instead he argues that Prussia did not win, but merely survived the Seven Years War and did so despite and not because of the actions and decisions of its king. With balanced attention to all the major participants and to all conflict zones on the European continent, the book describes the strategies and tactics of the military leaders on all sides, analyzes the major battles of the war and illuminates the diplomatic, political and financial aspects of the conflict.
Author: Daniel Baugh
Release Date: 2014-07-22
The Seven Years War was a global contest between the two superpowers of eighteenth century Europe, France and Britain. Winston Churchill called it “the first World War”. Neither side could afford to lose advantage in any part of the world, and the decisive battles of the war ranged from Fort Duquesne in what is now Pittsburgh to Minorca in the Mediterranean, from Bengal to Quèbec. By its end British power in North America and India had been consolidated and the foundations of Empire laid, yet at the time both sides saw it primarily as a struggle for security, power and influence within Europe. In this eagerly awaited study, Daniel Baugh, the world’s leading authority on eighteenth century maritime history looks at the war as it unfolded from the failure of Anglo-French negotiations over the Ohio territories in 1784 through the official declaration of war in 1756 to the treaty of Paris which formally ended hostilities between England and France in 1763. At each stage he examines the processes of decision-making on each side for what they can show us about the capabilities and efficiency of the two national governments and looks at what was involved not just in the military engagements themselves but in the complexities of sustaining campaigns so far from home. With its panoramic scope and use of telling detail this definitive account will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in military history or the history of eighteenth century Europe.
Author: Michael Edward Mallett
Release Date: 2014-06-11
The Italian Wars of 1494-1559 had a major impact on the whole of Renaissance Europe. In this important text, Michael Mallett and Christine Shaw place the conflict within the political and economic context of the wars. Emphasising the gap between aims and strategies of the political masters and what their commanders and troops could actually accomplish on the ground, they analyse developments in military tactics and the tactical use of firearms and examine how Italians of all sectors of society reacted to the wars and the inevitable political and social change that they brought about. The history of Renaissance Italy is currently being radically rethought by historians. This book is a major contribution to this re-evaluation, and will be essential reading for all students of Renaissance and military history.
In The Dutch Wars of Independence, Marjolein ’t Hart assesses the success of the Dutch in establishing their independence through their eighty years struggle with Spain - one of the most remarkable achievements of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Other rebellions troubled mighty powers of this epoch, but none resulted in the establishment of an independent, republican state. This book: tells the story of the Eighty Years War and its aftermath, including the three Anglo-Dutch Wars and the Guerre de Hollande (1570-1680). explores the interrelation between war, economy and society, explaining how the Dutch could turn their wars into commercial successes. illustrates how war could trigger and sustain innovations in the field of economy and state formation ; the new ways of organization of Dutch military institutions favoured a high degree of commercialized warfare. shows how other state rulers tried to copy the Dutch way of commercialized warfare, in particular in taking up the protection for capital accumulation. As such, the book unravels one of the unknown pillars of European state formation (and of capitalism). The volume investigates thoroughly the economic profitability of warfare in the early modern period and shows how smaller, commercialized states could sustain prolonged war violence common to that period. It moves beyond traditional explanations of Dutch success in warfare focusing on geography, religion, diplomacy while presenting an up-to-date overview and interpretation of the Dutch Revolt, the Anglo-Dutch Wars and the Guerre de Hollande.
Author: Marian Füssel
Release Date: 2013-01-07
Marian Füssel bietet eine knappe, faktenreiche und gut lesbare Darstellung der Geschichte des Siebenjährigen Krieges (1756–1763) und beschreibt seine weltumspannenden Dimensionen. Er stellt die Hauptakteure des Geschehens vor – unter ihnen das Preußen König Friedrichs des Großen, Frankreich und das britische Empire – und erläutert ihre Interessen und Koalitionen. Darüber hinaus skizziert er die Bedeutung wichtiger militärischer Ereignisse im Verlauf des Krieges – etwa der Schlachten von Leuthen (1757), Plassey (1757), Fort William (1757), Zorndorf (1758) und Kunersdorf (1759) oder der Belagerung von Quebec (1759), Havanna (1762) und Manila (1762) –, erklärt die Friedensschlüsse von Paris und Hubertusburg (1763) und fasst die Ergebnisse des Siebenjährigen Krieges zusammen. Schließlich resümiert er die Folgen dieses Krieges und ordnet ihn erinnerungsgeschichtlich ein.
Author: Roy MacLeod
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2007-05-06
This book represents a first considered attempt to study the factors that conditioned industrial chemistry for war in 1914-18. Taking a comparative perspective, it reflects on the experience of France, Germany, Austria, Russia, Britain, Italy and Russia, and points to significant similarities and differences. It looks at changing patterns in the organisation of industry, and at the emerging symbiosis between science, industry and the military.
Author: Johann Wilhelm Von Archenholz
Publisher: Leonaur Limited
Release Date: 2016-10-24
Frederick the Great's struggles during the Seven Years War The Seven Years War, 1754-62, shaped the modern world. It was a truly global conflict fought in India, America and Europe, as Britain struggled for dominance in trade, colonisation and culture with its principal rival, Bourbon France. European nations formed alliances dependent on need, sentiment or necessity in their relationships with the great powers. The German states of varying sizes and influence were subject to dominant neighbours, and Prussia despite her relatively large size remained surrounded by substantially more powerful and hostile states including Russia, Sweden, Austria and France. Prussia's monarch, Frederick, earned his epithet 'the Great' as much for his tenacity and ability to avert national defeat as for his skill as a strategist and battlefield tactician. This book, written by one of Frederick's own officers combines first hand, eyewitness experience with an historical narrative of Prussia's struggle to assert itself as a major power in Europe. Detail of campaigns, battles and anecdotes of major and minor characters from the perspective of a Prussian military man combine to deliver a rewarding book for modern readers. This edition offers an unparalleled and immediate account of these momentous times as Frederick fought for survival and, by example, laid the foundations for a unified Germany. Includes useful maps. Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.
Author: Frans de Bruyn
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Release Date: 2014-04-30
The Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) was the decisive conflict of the eighteenth century – Winston Churchill called it the first “world war” – and the clash which forever changed the course of North American history. Yet compared with other momentous conflicts like the Napoleonic Wars or the First World War, the cultural impact of the Seven Years’ War remains woefully understudied. The Culture of the Seven Years’ War is the first collection of essays to take a broad interdisciplinary and multinational approach to this important global conflict. Rather than focusing exclusively on political, diplomatic, or military issues, this collection examines the impact of representation, identity, and conceptions and experiences of empire. With essays by notable scholars that address the war’s impact in Europe and the Atlantic world, this volume is sure to become essential reading for those interested in the relationship between war, culture, and the arts.
Author: Wolfgang Schivelbusch
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
Release Date: 2012-05-02
Zehn Jahre nach dem letzten großen Zusammenbruch, dem des sowjetischen Imperiums, scheint die Zeit reif für eine Reihe historischer Fragen. Destilliert aus der Geschichte der drei Niederlagenklassiker – des amerikanischen Südens nach 1865, Frankreichs nach 1871 und Deutschlands nach 1918 –, lassen sie sich etwa so formulieren: Wie wurden im Zeitalter der Erlöserideologie des Nationalsozialismus große Zusammenbrüche erlebt? Welche Mythen von Verrat oder Heroisierung bildeten sich dabei? Und welcher Zusammenhang besteht zwischen dem äußeren Unterliegen und jenen inneren Revolutionen, die der verlorene Krieg überall zur Folge hat? Wolfgang Schivelbusch ist diesen Fragen nachgegangen, und er zeichnet die aus tiefer Demütigung kommenden Energieschübe nach, die Niederlagen bringen. So legten sich die amerikanischen Südstaaten nach dem Bürgerkrieg erfolgreich ein legendenhaftes Images zu, das unter anderem «Vom Winde verweht» und seine Plantagenromantik schuf; so kam es in Frankreich nach 1871 zu umfassenden politischen und kulturellen Neuerungen; so brach das Deutsche Reich, nachdem der Erste Weltkrieg verloren war, auf etlichen Feldern in eine kraftvolle Moderne auf. Schivelbuschs Buch wird Staub aufwirbeln, auch weil es voller aktueller Bezugspunkte ist. Und es verweist auf die eigentümliche Stärke der Besiegten: daß sie früher und besser wissen, was die Stunde geschlagen hat.