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Shaw Christine, Mallett Michael E. The Italian Wars 1494 - 1559: War, State and Society in Early Modern Europe

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Shaw Christine, Mallett Michael E. The Italian Wars 1494 - 1559: War, State and Society in Early Modern Europe
2nd Updated Edition — Routledge, 2019. — 424 p.
The Italian Wars 1494 – 1559 outlines the major impact that these wars had, not just on the history of Italy, but on the history of Europe as a whole. It provides the first detailed account of the entire course of the wars, covering all the campaigns and placing the military conflicts in their political, diplomatic, social and economic contexts.
Throughout the book, new developments in military tactics, the composition of armies, the balance between infantry and cavalry, and the use of firearms are described and analysed. How Italians of all sectors of society reacted to the wars and the inevitable political and social changes that they brought about is also examined, offering a view of the wars from a variety of perspectives.
Fully updated and containing a range of maps as well as a brand-new chapter on propaganda and images of war, this second edition of The Italian Wars 1494 – 1559 is essential reading for all students of Renaissance and military history.
Christine Shaw is Associate Member of the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. She has published extensively on the political and military society of Renaissance Italy and her previous books include Julius II: The Warrior Pope (1993), Italy and the European Powers: The Impact of War (as editor, 2006) and Barons and Castellans: The Military Nobility of Renaissance Italy (2015).
The late Michael E. Mallett (1932-2008) was Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Warwick and a distinguished historian of fifteenth- and sixteenth century Italy. His books included Mercenaries and their Masters: Warfare in Renaissance Italy (1974), and (with J.R.Hale) The Military Organization of a Renaissance State: Venice c.1400 to 1617 (1984).
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