War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559 by Steven Gunn

War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559

bySteven Gunn, David Grummitt, Hans Cools

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

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Exploring the effects of war on state power in early modern Europe, this book asks if military competition increased rulers' power over their subjects and forged more modern states, or if the strains of war break down political and administrative systems. Comparing England and the Netherlandsin the age of warrior princes such as Henry VIII and Charles V, it examines the development of new military and fiscal institutions, and asks how mobilization for war changed political relationships throughout society. Towns in England, such as Norwich, York, Exeter, and Rye, are compared with towns in the Netherlands, such as Antwerp, Leiden, 's-Hertogenbosch and Valenciennes, to see how the magistrates' relations with central government and the urban populace were modified by war. Great noblemen from the Howardand Percy families are set alongside their equivalents from the houses of Croy and Egmond to examine the role of recruitment, army command, and heroic reputation in maintaining noble power. The wider interactions of subjects and rulers in wartime are reviewed to measure how effectively war extendedprinces' claims on their subjects' loyalty and service, their ambitions to control news and opinion and to promote national identity, and their ability to manage the economy and harness religious change to dynastic purposes. The result is a compelling but nuanced picture of societies and politiestested and shaped by the pressures of ever more demanding warfare.

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Steven Gunn is a Fellow and Tutor in History at Merton College, Oxford. David Grummitt is a Research Fellow at The History of Parliament Trust. Hans Cools is an Assistant Professor in Early Modern History at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
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Title:War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019920750X

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Table of Contents

1. Polities at War2. Military Institutions and Fiscal Growth3. Towns at War4. Urban Military Resources5. Life in Wartime6. War and Urban Government7. Towns in the Polity8. War, Towns and the State9. Nobles at War10. The Military Resources of the Nobility11. Nobles in Command12. Costs and Rewards13. War and Noble Power14. War and Noble Identity15. War, Nobles and the State16. Subjects at War17. Obligations18. Information and Response19. The Trials of War20. War and Identity21. War, Subjects and the StateConclusion: War, State and Society