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3 Art Of War, Strategy, General Tactics, Defence, Offence, Etc.

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Since the 1950s, Michael Roberts's concept of a military revolution between 1560 and 1660 has become a common feature of all military studies dealing with the early modern period, in particular those from the English speaking world. This chapter explores the tactical and organizational revolutions which took place in the army of the Dutch Republic. It begins with the landsknechts, the infantry founded by the Habsburg Emperor Maximilian I (1459 - 1519) at the close of the fifteenth century. 'Het Staatse leger', the army of the States-General of the United Provinces, originated from this tradition. The chapter discusses the Dutch army under the command of Maurice, William Louis and Frederick Henry, the organization of the 'new' Dutch army under William III, and its performance until 1748. Finally, the chapter looks into the reasons for the Dutch army's decline after 1750.

Keywords: Dutch army; Landsknechts; military revolution



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