The Scramble for Italy: Continuity and Change in the Italian Wars, 1494-1559

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The Scramble for Italy offers fresh insights on the set of conflicts known as the Italian Wars of 1494-1559. The aim of this book is to explore the trends of continuity and change that characterized the sixteenth century in order to demonstrate the significance of the Italian Wars as an especially intense period of warfare that drove forward several important social, political and especially military developments. Employing a myriad of primary and secondary sources, this book illustrates how the European nobility, still very much steeped in knightly and chivalric ideals, was fashioning the Italian Wars into an essentially traditional aristocratic war, while the rise of military professionalization and privatization, accompanied by the processes of centralization and consolidation of political power, was rapidly changing their world. Moreover, the book attempts to demonstrate that although the debate on a supposed military revolution in late medieval and early modern Europe still rages, sixteenth century soldiers and intellectuals were quite certain, and anxious, about the potential effects of gunpowder weapons and novel tactics and strategy on their world. Scholars and general readers who are interested in the political and military history of late medieval and early modern Europe should find this study especially instructive.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages174
ISBN (Electronic)9781351208871
ISBN (Print)9780367700607
StatePublished - 22 Feb 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge research in early modern history


  • Diplomatic relations
  • Europe
  • HISTORY / Europe / France
  • HISTORY / Europe / Italy
  • HISTORY / General
  • Italy
  • Politics and government
  • War and society

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Europe -- History, Military -- 1492-1648
  • Italy -- Foreign relations -- 1492-1559
  • Italy -- History -- 1492-1559
  • Italy -- History, Military -- 1268-1559
  • Italy -- Politics and government -- 1268-1559
  • War and society -- Italy -- History -- 16th century
  • War and society -- Italy -- History -- To 1500


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