This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the war and competition between states and sovereign powers of Europe during the period from the 13th to the 18th centuries. This book examines the political and military bonds in the Italian state system during the 13th to the 16th centuries, the types of armies in early modern Spain, and the types of navies from the late 16th to the end of the 18th centuries. It also explores pontifical diplomacy, sanctified patriotism, the growth of state control, and practices of war.
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