The Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714

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Longman, 1999 - History - 421 pages
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Warfare dominated the long reign of the `Sun-king', Louis XIV. For forty years from 1672, France was continuously at war and had one of the largest armies seen in the West since the fall of imperial Rome. The campaigns secured little territory, but almost bankrupted the country and the consequences for the French monarchy were dramatic - contributing to its eventual downfall. John Lynn examines the wars for evidence of a coherent strategic policy; he explores the operational logistics of the campaigns; and considers their significance for France's diplomatic, political, mililtary, administrative and institutional

This is the first modern, comprehensive study in any language, and offers a vivid insight into 17th and 18th century statesmanship and warfare - reaching a climax with the defeat of France by Marlborough at Blenheim.

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Contents

Louis XIV Gloire and Strategy
17
The Army the Navy and the Art of War
47
The War of Devolution
105
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About the author (1999)

Dr John A Lynn, Professor of History at the University of Illinois, has written or edited six books, including ‘ Giant of the Grand Siecle: The French Army, 1610-1715’ (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and ‘ The Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714’ (Longman, 1999). He is currently working on ‘ The Mind of War: A History of Combat and Culture’ for Westview Press.

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