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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Elizabeth's Wars

War, Government and Society in Tudor England, 1544-1604

ISBN 9780333919422
Publication Date January 2004
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

The human and financial cost of war between 1544 and 1604 strained English government and society to their limits. Paul Hammer offers a new narrative of these wars which weaves together developments on land and sea. Combining original work and a synthesis of existing research, Hammer explores how the government of Elizabeth I overhauled English strategy and weapons to create forces capable of confronting the might of Habsburg Spain.

PAUL E. J. HAMMER has taught in Australia at the Universities of New England and Adelaide, and currently lectures in the Department of Modern History at the University of St Andrew's.

List of Maps
List of Tables
Technical Terms and Conventions
The Glory of War: Operations and Developments, 1544-58
The Burden of War: Operations and Developments, 1559-72
The Spectre of War: Operations and Developments, c.1572-85
The Perils of War: Operations and Developments, 1585-88
The Depths of War: Operations and Developments, 1589-95
The Limits of War: Operations and Developments, 1596-1604
The Reformation of War
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'This is an excellent book which students will find clear and helpful. It copes well with the familiar dilemma of military history, dealing with the realities of combat but never losing sight of their wider social, political and diplomatic contexts.' - Steven Gunn, Merton College, Oxford
'This study makes a worthwhile contribution not only to our understanding of sixteenth-century government but to England's military history and will do much to set the record straight.' - Contemporary Review
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