Military Change in 16th Century Europe Essay

Military Change in 16th Century Europe
Examines the changes in the 'art of war' over the course of the long 16th century, and the continuities apparent.
# 5568 | 2,600 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | GB
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in History (European - 16th Century)

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Fundamental changes over the course of the long 16th century acknowledged such as: 1) Firearms. 2) Artillery. 3) New Fortifications. 4) Larger armies and new tactics. 5) Naval warfare. Also, the continuities which the Middle Ages brought out, and the concept of an Early Modern 'Military Revolution' discussed.

From the Paper:

"Central to reaching a conclusion on the issue of the nature of military change within 16th century Europe is an understanding of when generally fast-paced developmental alterations can accurately be called "fundamental", or in other words, profoundly serious. There can be no doubting the changes: the rise of firearms as the main armament of the foot-soldier, the brief reign of the Pikeman as the king of the battlefield before his relegation to the annals of history, the increasing use of artillery and consequent developments made in the types of fortifications seen in Europe as the "Trace Italienne" ( literally meaning "the fashion of Italy") spread, the continued decrease in the importance of the heavily armored cavalryman, the larger number of men under arms and the new strategic methods introduced, and the crucially important changes seen in the waging of war at sea. "

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