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War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559

by Steven Gunn, David Grummitt, Hans Cools

War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559 Synopsis

Exploring the effects of war on state power in early modern Europe, this book asks if military competition increased rulers' power over their subjects and forged more modern states, or if the strains of war broke down political and administrative systems. Comparing England and the Netherlands in the age of warrior princes such as Henry VIII and Charles V, it examines the development of new military and fiscal institutions, and asks how mobilization for war changed political relationships throughout society. Towns in England, such as Norwich, York, Exeter, and Rye, are compared with towns in the Netherlands, such as Antwerp, Leiden, 's-Hertogenbosch and Valenciennes, to see how the magistrates' relations with central government and the urban populace were modified by war. Great noblemen from the Howard and Percy families are set alongside their equivalents from the houses of Cro and Egmond to examine the role of recruitment, army command, and heroic reputation in maintaining noble power. The wider interactions of subjects and rulers in wartime are reviewed to measure how effectively war extended princes' claims on their subjects' loyalty and service, their ambitions to control news and opinion and to promote national identity, and their ability to manage the economy and harness religious change to dynastic purposes. The result is a compelling but nuanced picture of societies and polities tested and shaped by the pressures of ever more demanding warfare.

War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559 Press Reviews

War, State and Society will indeed prove useful reading and a work of reference for every student of military and political history of this period. * Jan Dumolyn, History * a clearly-structured, clearly-written and coherent book... a valuable contribution to the field * M. J. Rodriguez-Salgado, Reviews in History *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199207503
Publication date: 1st November 2007
Author: Steven Gunn, David Grummitt, Hans Cools
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 410 pages
Categories: European history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Military history,

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