Author: Jan Hennings
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book explores diplomacy and ritual practice at a moment of new departures and change in both early modern Europe and Russia.
Author: Wouter Troost
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Available in English for the first time, this book utilizes Dutch, English, Scottish and Irish sources to paint a holistic and convincing political analysis of William's whole political career, both before and after the Glorious Revolution of 1688. This book will be welcomed by all those with in interest in European history, or who wish to better understand the political and religious geography of modern Britain.The translation of this book was made possible by a generous subsidy from NWO, the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek.
Author: Gregory Hanlon
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Italy 1636 is one of the most closely-researched and detailed books on the operation of early modern armies anywhere, and is explicitly inspired by neo-Darwinian thinking. Taking the French and Savoyard invasion of Spanish Lombardy in 1636 as its specific example, it begins with the recruitment of the soldiers, the care and feeding of the armies and their horses, the impact of the invasion on civilians in the path of their advance, and the manner in which generals conducted their campaign in response to the information at their disposal. The next section describes the unfolding of the long and stubborn battle of Tornavento, where Spanish, German, and Italian soldiers stormed the French in their entrenchments, detailing the tactics of both the infantry and the cavalry, and re-evaluating the effectiveness of Spanish methods in the 1630s. The account focuses on the motivations of soldiers to fight, and how they reacted to the stress of combat. Gregory Hanlon arrives at surprising conclusions on the conditions under which they were ready to kill their adversaries, and when they were content to intimidate them into retiring. The volume concludes by examining the penchant for looting of the soldiery in the aftermath of battle, the methods of treating wounded soldiers in the Milan hospital, the horrific consequences of hygienic breakdown in the French camp, and the strategic failure of the invasion in the aftermath of battle. This in turn underscores the surprising resilience of Spanish policies and Spanish arms in Europe. In describing with painstaking detail the invasion of 1636, Hanlon explores the universal features of human behaviour and psychology as they relate to violence and war.
Author: Edward G. Gray, Jane Kamensky
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution draws on a wealth of new scholarship to create a vibrant dialogue among varied approaches to the revolution that made the United States. In thirty-three essays written by authorities on the period, the Handbook brings to life the diverse multitudes of colonial North America and their extraordinary struggles before, during, and after the eight-year-long civil war that secured the independence of thirteen rebel colonies from their erstwhile colonial parent. The chapters explore battles and diplomacy, economics and finance, law and culture, politics and society, gender, race, and religion. Its diverse cast of characters includes ordinary farmers and artisans, free and enslaved African Americans, Indians, and British and American statesmen and military leaders. In addition to expanding the Revolution's who, the Handbook broadens its where, portraying an event that far transcended the boundaries of what was to become the United States. It offers readers an American Revolution whose impact ranged far beyond the thirteen colonies. The Handbook's range of interpretive and methodological approaches captures the full scope of current revolutionary-era scholarship. Its authors, British and American scholars spanning several generations, include social, cultural, military, and imperial historians, as well as those who study politics, diplomacy, literature, gender, and sexuality. Together and separately, these essays demonstrate that the American Revolution remains a vibrant and inviting a subject of inquiry. Nothing comparable has been published in decades.
Author: Benedetta Craveri
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Presents the history of the French salons of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, which were presided over by women of the aristocracy and which influenced the development of literary forms and fostered intellectual debate.
Author: Derek Croxton
In 1648, after five years of negotiations. France signed the Peace of Westphalia. The treaties not only ended a long war with the Holy Roman Empire, but also transferred large parts of Alsace and Lorraine to France. This book is the first full-length study of the French negotiating position: who formulated it, why, and how it changed over time.
Author: Pierre Savard, Brunello Vigezzi, Commission of History of International Relations
Publisher: Milano : Edizioni Unicopli ; [Ottawa] : Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa
Author: Daniel Roche
La société d’Ancien Régime n’est pas cette société figée et immobile, bornée à l’horizon du village, que nous aimons à nous représenter. Au contraire, poussés par la nécessité ou par la curiosité, les voyageurs ne cessent d’être plus nombreux de l’âge classique au siècle des Lumières et le voyage de gagner des lettres de noblesse. Le débat sur l’utilité des voyages et l’essor des récits révèlent une vraie nécessité : un appel à penser autrement, par la lecture du grand livre du monde. L’ouverture et le décloisonnement mettent au jour, au-delà de la crainte ancestrale de tout ce qui vient d’ailleurs, une mobilité sans frontière, celle de la solidarité et non de l’errance, celle de l’échange valorisé, des transferts culturels profitables à tous. S’inventent alors des questions, des valeurs et des craintes, des conflits, qui sont encore les nôtres aujourd’hui. Paru en première édition chez Fayard en 2003 sous le titre Humeurs vagabondes.
Author: Jean-Marc Delaunay
Publisher: Editions L'Harmattan
Cette étude embrasse histoire comparative, diplomatique, militaire, coloniale, stratégique, économique, migratoire, culturelle, afin de montrer combien les relations entre ces deux vieilles nations européennes, assoupies après la bourrasque napoléonienne, se sont réveillées à la suite des défaites et des retraits des années 1898-1899.