Furies by Lauro Martines
War in Europe, 1450-1700

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As Mr. Martines makes clear, total war isn't just a 20th-century phenomenon...
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During the European Renaissance, an age marked equally by revolutionary thought and constant warfare, it was armies, rather than philosophers, who shaped the modern European nation state. "Mobile cities" of mercenaries and other paid soldiers-made up of astonishingly diverse aggregations of ethnicities and nationalities-marched across the land, looting and savaging enemy territories.
In the 15th century, Poland hired German, Spanish, Bohemian, Hungarian, and Scottish soldiers. Later, Sweden fought in Muscovy with Irish, English, Scottish, French and German troops. Units of Croats, Germans, Walloons, Albanians, and especially Swiss served in French armies. In the Netherlands, Italians and Spaniards fought beside Irishmen, Germans, Dalmatians, and Walloons. Regiments of Swiss pikemen fought for Spain, France, and Venice, as well as for German and Italian princes. Companies of Poles, Hungarians, and Croatians fought in German regiments.
Growing national economies, unable to pay or feed massed armies for any length of time, thus became war states, an early nationalism which would later consume modern Europe. Furies: War in Europe 1450-1700 by acclaimed historian of the Renaissance Lauro Martines compellingly and simply delivers the story of modern Europe's martial roots, capturing the brutality of early modern war and how it shaped the history of a continent

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Lauro Martines is one of the worlds foremost historian's of the Italian Renaissance and early modern Europe. He is the author of nine books, most recently the critically acclaimed titles Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence and April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici. Born in Chicago, he was a professor of history at UCLA. He now lives in London with his wife, the novelist Julia OFaolain.
Published January 15, 2013 by Bloomsbury Press. 337 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Henrik Bering on Feb 12 2013

As Mr. Martines makes clear, total war isn't just a 20th-century phenomenon...

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Reviewed by Joseph C. Goulden on Apr 17 2013

A cautionary note at the outset: Lauro Martines‘ work is not for the squeamish...a leading scholar on the Renaissance, relied on diaries and memoirs of the combatants and the innocent to tell a story that is as gripping as it is horrifying.

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