Polities at War

Steven Gunn, David Grummitt and Hans Cools

in War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199207503
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191708848 | DOI:
 Polities at War

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This chapter introduces the debate on war and state formation in early modern Europe, and describes the societies and governments of Tudor England and the Habsburg Netherlands. It analyses the legacies of the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses for England, and the formation of the Burgundian state for the Netherlands. It briefly narrates the reigns, wars, and peace treaties of the period 1477-1559. In these, England and the Netherlands both repeatedly fought France, but other polities such as Scotland, Guelders, and the German Protestant principalities, and other peoples such as the Gaelic Irish and the Frisians were drawn into a web of dynastic warfare, civil wars, and rebellions.

Keywords: Burgundian; France; Guelders; Habsburg; Hundred Years War; rebellions; state formation; Tudor; Wars of the Roses

Chapter.  9079 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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