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War and Society in the Seventeenth Century

War and Society in the Seventeenth Century

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Sir George Clark discusses war as a factor for good and ill in European society in the seventeenth century. In particular, he shows how war helped to determine the emergence of modern Europe from a society geographically, politically and doctrinally confused: what Sir George calls the m l e of the early part of the century. His first chapter stresses that war was accepted as part of the order of society. It was considered a legitimate instrument of policy, provided that it was just. The next chapter examines 'War as a Collision of Societies' and analyses the effect on war of religious issues, questions of manpower, supply and the relationship between trade and national policy (including some important remarks on the alleged nature of mercantilism). 'War in the European Community' examines the possibility of more civilised reactions to war - especially to atrocities. The final chapters deal with particular aspects: the depredations of the Barbary Corsairs on the trade of civilised Europe and the views held in the seventeenth century on the cycle of war and peace.

Author: George Clark
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 07/30/2009
Pages: 168
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.48lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.51w x 0.39d
ISBN: 9780521135825

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