The two centuries that chronologically bind the topics in this volume span a period in which Europe was in its global ascendancy. The projection of imperial powers reflected the increasing centralization of states. The ability of state institutions to control and pay for the acquisition, protection and maintenance of empires could only be achieved when internal threats abated and centralized bureaucratic states emerged. Expansion, however, was not uniform, and the desire to export power was often limited by economic considerations and internal political and social conflict. Nevertheless, between 1618-1850 hegemonic empires were established and yet, the incidence of conflict between them declined in the years after 1815. This volume explores the various factors related to the projection and limitation of imperial powers in the western world.
Contributors are Jeremy Black, Paul W. Schroeder, John A. Lynn, Dennis Showalter, Peter H. Wilson, Janet M. Hartley, Ciro Paoletti and Robert Epstein.
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Frederick C. Schneid, Ph.D. (1993) in History, Purdue University, is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at High Point University. He has published extensively on the Napoleonic Wars and European warfare, including Napoleon's Conquest of Europe: The War of the Third Coalition (Praeger, 2005).
List of Contributors ...vii List of Abbreviations ...ix Foreword ...xi Eleanor Hancock Introduction ...1 Frederick C. Schneid Meaningless Conflict? The Character of the Thirty Years War ...12 Peter H. Wilson War and Warfare in the Age of Louis XIV: The Global Context ...34 Jeremy Black The Other Side of Victory: Honorable Surrender during the Wars of Louis XIV ...51 John A. Lynn II Italy, Piedmont and French Anti-Habsburg Strategy, 1690-1748 ...68 Ciro Paoletti Reform and Stability: Prussia's Military Dialectic from Hubertusberg to Waterloo ...83 Dennis Showalter Russia as a Great Military Power, 1762-1825 ... 105 Janet M. Hartley Aspects of Military and Operational Efffectiveness of the Armies of France, Austria, Russia and Prussia in 1813 ...122 Robert M. Epstein The Napoleonic Wars in Global Perspective ... 149 Jeremy Black Europe's Progress and America's Success, 1760-1850 ...170 Paul W. Schroeder War and Revolution in the Age of the Risorgimento, 1820-1849 ... 196 Frederick C. Schneid Index ... 219
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