The Twilight of a Military Tradition: Italian Aristocrats and European Conflicts, 1560-1800

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Holmes & Meier, 1998 - 371 pages
Investigates the abrupt decline of Italian military activity in the middle of the 17th century and reasons underlying it. After situating the place of Italian military commanders, officers, and adventurers at the close of the wars of Italy in 1559, chapters chart their progress and decline, looking at Italy in the age of Habsburg hegemony, the Forty Years War, the Venetian epic, the Spanish crisis and the rise of Austria, the Piedmontese exception, and the Great Powers and Italian demilitarization. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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