Recalculating French army growth during the Grand Siècley 1610-1715

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BY THE END OF THE SEVENTEENTH century, European warfare had become an affair of giants, as colossal armies battled against one another. France boasted the greatest of these Goliaths, a force which totaled as many as 400,000 soldiers, at least on paper. It was the largest and hungriest institution maintained by the state. That this Titan existed by 1700, no one denies; but the pattern and timing of its growth and its final dimensions remain matters of debate. This article presents a new and more rigorous calculation of French army expansion 1610-1715.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Military Revolution Debate
Subtitle of host publicationReadings on the Military Transformation of early Modern Europe
EditorsClifford J Rogers
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9780429964817
ISBN (Print)9780813320540
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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