The Wars of Louis XIV 1667-1714

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Routledge, Dec 19, 2013 - History - 440 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

Introduction
1
International and Internal Conflict 14951661
6
2 Louis XIV Gloire and Strategy
17
3 The Army the Navy and the Art of War
47
The War of Devolution and the Dutch War
105
Reunions Mediterranean Expeditions and Internal Struggles
160
The Nine Years War
191
The War of the Spanish Succession
266
8 The Wars of Louis XIV in the Context of the History of War
361
Chronology
377
Glossary
385
Bibliographical Essay
388
Index
395
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