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3 The Army Of The Dutch Republic And The Military Revolutions

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This is the introductory chapter of the book Warfare and the Age of Printing: Catalogue of Early Printed Books from before 1801 in Dutch military collections, which describes some ten thousand books from the period 1500 to 1800 originating from nine Dutch Defence institutions and collections. The importance of the printed book to military affairs emerges from the original knowledge found in the professional military literature as well as from the rich military book culture. The catalogue's history dates back to the year 2000 when it was decided to publish a catalogue of the Army Museum's collection of books predating 1801. The introduction of the printing press in Italy took place in or shortly before 1465. Italy's first printer, Konrad Sweinheym, worked with Arnold Pannartz from Cologne and originally came from Mainz, where the art of printing had been invented around 1450 by Johannes Gensfleisch, better known as Gutenberg.

Keywords: age of printing; military book culture

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