Did the Development in European Warfare During the Sixteenth Century Amount to a ‘Military Revolution’?

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Did the development in European warfare during the Sixteenth Century amount to a ‘Military Revolution’? By the Sixteenth century, Luther had successfully challenged the Catholic Church from 1517 and Copernicus had declared a solar- centric universe in 1543. These are both historical events in early modern Europe. The dramatic changes in Military warfare are also seen as key to European developments in separating the medieval society from the Modern. The military developments change that art and organisation of warfare effecting the development of the early modern European state. The Sixteenth Century brings about new technology, weapons, tactics and armies that some see a resulting in a European ‘Military Revolution’. The Sixteenth…show more content…
Where European military experts, engineers, captains and intellectuals recreated the art of war. Without Military thinkers such as Gonzalo de Cordoba, Maurice of Orange and Gustavus Adolphus the military changes would never have taken place. Maurice of Orange had small units of highly trained soldier in manoeuvres that need many more officers and NCOs to lead them. Gustav Adolf improved fire-discipline and the long practise in arms. Also enforces the importance of military education and mathematics in European warfare. Strategy was another major area of ‘revolution’ in military Europe in the sixteenth century. With the development of new soldier and armies strategies become more ambitious. Ruler were more confident about campaigning against many different armies at the same time and took part in decisive battles without the fear that mercenary soldier would run away. Gustavus Adolphus was one of the first to put these new strategic concepts to the test according to the historian Roberts8. He returns to a linear formation for shot-armed infantry and an aggressive style of charge for the cavalry. However strategic development does not confirm the argument that a ‘Military revolution’ took place in sixteenth century Europe. There were changes but rather evolutionary and progressive then that of a revolution. Gustavus Adolphus strategic warfare may not be seen as
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