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War and Conflict in the Early Modern World: 1500 - 1700

ISBN: 978-0-7456-4602-2
304 pages
June 2016, Polity
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Description

In this latest addition to the War & Conflict Through the Ages series, Brian Sandberg offers a truly global examination of the intersections between war, culture, and society in the early modern period. He traces the innovative military technologies and practices that emerged around 1500, exploring the different forms of warfare including dynastic war, religious warfare, raiding warfare, and peasant revolt  that shaped conflicts during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He explains how significant social, economic, and political developments transformed warfare on land and at sea at a time of global imperialism and growing mercantilism, forcing states and military systems to respond to rapidly changing situations.  

Engaging and insightful, War and Conflict in the Early Modern World will appeal to scholars and students of world history, the early modern period, and those interested in the broader relationship between war and society.
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Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Innovative Warfare, 1450s-1520s
  • Chapter 2: Maritime Conflict and Colonial Expansion, 1490s-1530s
  • Chapter 3: Schism and Social Conflict, 1510s-1560s
  • Chapter 4: Dynastic War and State Development, 1520s-1580s
  • Chapter 5: Noble Violence, 1520s-1620s
  • Chapter 6: Sectarian Violence and Religious Warfare, 1560s-1640s
  • Chapter 7: Raiding Warfare, 1580s-1640s
  • Chapter 8: Peasant Revolt and Rural Conflict, 1590s-1650s
  • Chapter 9: Ethnic Conflict, 1620s-1660s
  • Chapter 10: Rebellion and Civil Warfare, 1630s-1660s
  • Chapter 11: Mercantile War, 1630s-1690s
  • Chapter 12: Territorial War, 1660s-1700s
  • Conclusion: c. 1700
  • Notes
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Author Information

Brian Sandberg is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University
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New to This Edition

Whilst the bulk of the conceptual material does not need to change, the author has completely rewritten Chapter 1 to include extensive updates of all the databases on political violence in Africa. There are also new case studies and updates throughout to cover new peace deals and peace operations, development trends etc
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Reviews

As much a world history as a military history, War and Conflict in the Early Modern World provides a deeply contextualized survey of military history. It accurately highlights the many different varieties of military force in play during this era and shows how intercultural interactions and connections transformed the nature of war. War and Conflict is particularly good in that it incorporates the many global spiritual crises of the era, as well as new research on the effects of climate in creating world wide pressures for conflict.
Wayne E. Lee, University of North Carolina

"By studying early modern war and conflict on a global scale, Brian Sandberg not only reveals his incredible erudition, but also provides valuable insights into the role war played in the shaping of states and societies, and the emergence of a new world system."
Hervé Drévillon, Université Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne

"Referencing economic development, social change, new cultural contacts, imperial competition, religious reform, and burgeoning political theories through detailed historical narrative, Sandberg's study is a valuable contribution to many fields of scholarship. Particularly notable are the discussions of religious warfare and the effects of climate change on global conflict."
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