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Military revolution
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1. Definition and terminological problems

The concept of the “military revolution” is particularly widespread in anglophone historiography. It is generally understood as denoting the implementation of an ensemble of technical and tactical military innovations, including the shifts in strategy, military apparatus, and (central) government that effected this or correlated with it. These innovations thus by defi…

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Meumann, Markus, “Military revolution”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024085>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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