Women, Armies, and Warfare in Early Modern Europe

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Cambridge University Press
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252
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.01 pounds
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English
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9780521722377

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About the Author

John A. Lynn II earned his PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of Bayonets of the Republic: Tactics and Motivation in the Army of Revolutionary France, 1791-94 (1984); Giant of the Grand Siècle: The French Army, 1610-1715 (1997); The Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714 (1999); The French Wars 1667-1714: The Sun King at War (2002); and Battle: A History of Combat and Culture (2003 and 2004). He has edited The Tools of War: Ideas, Instruments, and Institutions of Warfare, 1445-1871 (1990) and Feeding Mars: Logistics in Western Warfare from the Middle Ages to the Present (1993). He has also published eighty chapters, articles, and papers. He has served as president of the United States Commission on Military History and as vice-president of the Society for Military History. In addition he has been awarded the Palmes Academiques at the rank of chevalier from the French government and the Wissam al Alaoui at the rank of commander from his Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

Reviews

"An important study not only for gender specialists but also for military historians. Lynn is most interesting on the role of women in the pillage economy while his work offers a new perspective on the vexed question of the Military Revolution and its dating." -Jeremy Black, University of Essex
"This is a masterful work by a master historian. In an engaging work that combines military and social history, Lynn brings to life the indispensable role of women in early modern European armies and tracks down the reasons for a major shift in their place after 1650. We can never again imagine war as only men's work." -Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, University of California, Los Angeles
"Women, Armies, and Warfare in Early Modern Europe fills a hole in a neglected area of study; it offers a range of fresh insights; and it has broad appeal. It will become the book on the subject. And it will undoubtedly set the agenda for future research. For this reason, it is unlikely to remain the definitive work on the subject, since future research may well challenge some of Lynn's conclusions, but it will undoubtedly be the major reference point for other scholars." -Frank Tallett, University of Reading
"One of the delights of reading this book lies in the many rich details of the period, which Lynn has assembled from a wide range of sources, including popular art and literature as well as contemporary accounts." -Jennifer G. Mathers, Women's Review of Books
"Lynn's real contribution is to put women back into 'big' historical questions like war, military institutions and state formation." -Peter H. Wilson, The International History Review
"Recommended." -Choice
"Lynn draws a rich, colorful picture of life in early armies.A pleasure to read on its own terms, this book uncovers a new element of reality that historians must now integrate into their study of early modern states." -Daryl M. Hafter, American Historical Review
"Lynn raises important questions not only about women in warfare, but also about how the decline in their involvement affected their lives and opportunities. Recommended." -Choice
"A readeable, informative, and often amusing study of the role of women in European armies from 1500 through 1815, termed by the author a 'preliminary' look, which is refreshingly free of agenda and dogmatism." -Albert A. Nofi, The NYMAS Review
."..with this new important book...he [Lynn] deftly blends his specialty with gender theory and women's history to produce a fascinating study of women's role in European warfare between 1500 to 1800" -Stephen Morillo, History: Review of New Books
"Lynn's honest discussion of sex as key motivator for soldiers is praiseworthy..." -Eugenia Kiesling, H-Minerva
"This is one of those rare books that can be assigned to undergraduates and still challenge those who know the many fields it touches on to think in new ways." -Journal of Modern History
"Lynn's book provides a stimulating...introduction to a subject that certainly bears much further study." -Michael Wolfe, Sixteenth Century Journal
An important study not only for gender specialists but also for military historians. Lynn is most interesting on the role of women in the pillage economy while his work offers a new perspective on the vexed question of the Military Revolution and its dating. -Jeremy Black, University of Essex"
This is a masterful work by a master historian. In an engaging work that combines military and social history, Lynn brings to life the indispensable role of women in early modern European armies and tracks down the reasons for a major shift in their place after 1650. We can never again imagine war as only men s work. -Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, University of California, Los Angeles"
Women, Armies, and Warfare in Early Modern Europe fills a hole in a neglected area of study; it offers a range of fresh insights; and it has broad appeal. It will become the book on the subject. And it will undoubtedly set the agenda for future research. For this reason, it is unlikely to remain the definitive work on the subject, since future research may well challenge some of Lynn's conclusions, but it will undoubtedly be the major reference point for other scholars. -Frank Tallett, University of Reading"
This is a book which needed to be written It addresses neglected issues in the economy of the common soldier and his partner and very graphically recreates their survival strategies in the pillage economy characteristic of continental warfare its historiographical originality depends on the attention given to the conspicuously neglected family economy of the early modern soldier and his consort(s). -- Olwen Hufton, Journal of Military History"
..".with this new important book...he [Lynn] deftly blends his specialty with gender theory and women's history to produce a fascinating study of women's role in European warfare between 1500 to 1800" -Stephen Morillo, History: Review of New Books
"This is a book which needed to be written ... It ... addresses neglected issues in the economy of the common soldier and his partner and very graphically recreates their survival strategies in the pillage economy characteristic of continental warfare ...its historiographical originality depends on the attention given to the conspicuously neglected family economy of the early modern soldier and his consort(s)." -- Olwen Hufton, Journal of Military History