This is a study of autobiographical writings of Renaissance soldiers. It outlines the ways in which they reflect Renaissance cultural, political and historical consciousness, with a particular focus on conceptions of war, history, selfhood and identity. A vivid picture of Renaissance military life and military mentality emerges, which sheds light on the attitude of Renaissance soldiers both towards contemporary historical developments such as the rise of the modern state, and towards such issues as comradeship, women, honor, violence, and death. Comparison with similar medieval and twentieth-century material highlights the differences in the Renaissance soldier's understanding of war and of human experience. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Book — xv, 386 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Preface PART I: INTRODUCTION
WAR AS REVELATION, 1865-2000 PART II: 1450-1740
THE SUPREMACY OF MIND Suffering, Death and Revelation in Early Modern Culture The Absence of Revelation from Early Modern Military Memoirs Why War Revealed Nothing PART III: 1740-1865
THE REVOLT OF THE BODY Bodies Begin to Think The Rise of the Common Soldier The Rise of the Revelatory Interpretation of War Conclusions: The Things Which Make You Know, 1865-2000 Works Cited.
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The experience of war is often viewed today as an experience of revelation. War disillusions or enlightens people, transforms their personality, and changes their understanding of the world. Ten minutes of combat are often enough to teach people what decades of peacetime cannot. Those who did not undergo the extreme experiences of war can never understand its lessons. This view of war may seem ancient and universal. Yet, it emerged in the West only between 1740 and 1865, due to the Enlightenment and Romanticism and their novel ideas about knowledge, experience, and the relations between body and mind. The emergence of this view was one of the key components in an unprecedented military revolution. The new perception of war as revelation transformed not only the experience and culture of war, but also war politics, the status of the common soldiers, and the tenets of military theory. (source: Nielsen Book Data)