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December 23, 2010



I found the discussion of the two components of our modern understanding of revolutions in military affairs particularly helpful when re-reading Geoffrey Parker and Clifford Rogers. The contrast between the materially-oriented approach and a more holistic approach is important to understand when looking at Parker's claims about the trace italienne and Michael Roberts' initial argument about the Dutch and Swedish adoption of linear tactics, smaller units, and a higher ratio of shot to pikes.


Was about to hop on a plane so it's a bit of a quickie review.

I prefer the holistic approach, although it's a little bit frustrating to see most of the historians claim that they're not doing a RM/RMA analysis in their opening paragraph and then go ahead and do it.

Jack R.

And it's still evolving.

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