War, Technology, and State-Building in Early Modern Europe
Might the recent article by Deborah Boucoyannis titled “The More War, The Less State: The Inverse Relationship between War, State Size, and “Stateness,” warrant a mention in this context?
Sharman’s book on Company States is much better and more interesting than his MR book. He is also quite a mediocre and repetitive writer.
Also, I find it weird and disappointing how little theories of Military Revolution interact with the growing dominance of early-modern navies. Navies were one area where Europeans achieved unambiguous global domination and vital to military conflicts of the period. They also played a much larger role in colonialism than pike-and-shotte formations
I realize you already have a lot on your plate, but I'd love to see a discussion of the relationship between the (mostly European) "military revolution" debates and the (mostly not European) "gunpowder empire" literature.
This is fascinating, thank you.
what relationship did Europe's brutal past have with its subsequent rise to 'greatness'?
The same relationship Rome's rise to 'greatness' had to its brutal past, I'm guessing.
That's what makes China such a fascinating outlier.