A Territorial Imperative? The Military Revolution, Strategy and Peacemaking in the Thirty Years War

  title={A Territorial Imperative? The Military Revolution, Strategy and Peacemaking in the Thirty Years War},
  author={Dereck Croxton},
  journal={War in History},
  pages={253 - 279}
1he later stages of the Thirty Years War', one historian has written, 1 were not propitious to large-scale strategic designs... Campaigns became forays, [and] battles became encounters void of strategic significance.' These are not, as one might expect, the words of some recent revisionist historian attacking the concept of the 'Military Revolution', but of Michael Roberts, the very originator of that term. Even while praising Gustavus Adolphus for his innovations in all aspects of war, Roberts… 
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Mazarin to Turenne
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Das Kriegswesen wxthrend der letzten Periode des Dreil3igjThrigen Krieges
  • repr. from Historische ViertvjArhsschnft XXVII
  • 1932
At another time, Mazarin estimated that two-thirds of the troops desert
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See also Parker, The Army ofFlanders
    Just as modern critics are disappointed to find few decisive battles in the Thirty Years War, they lament the lack of decisive political victories as well
    • their quixotic quest
    17 ff., repeatedly considers the failure of the French to win every battle a sign of military incompetence and lack of progress
      Kroener states that 'Die Historiographie hat bisher aber weitgehend geleugnet, daB der Soldat nicht nur Titer, sondern in ungleich gr6Berem MaBe auch
      • Opfer gewesen ist
      • 1982
      526-27, emphasizes the differences between post-and pre-Napoleonic strategy and the need to judge the latter on its own terms. See also Clausewitz
        Soldat oder Soldateska? Programmatischer Aufri einer Sozialgeschichte militrischer Unterschichten in der ersten Hilfte des 17
          See the account in Croxton