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Military EngineersThe Development of the Early Modern European State$
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Bruce P. Lenman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861209

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861209.001.0001

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‘Qualifications, knowledge and courage’: Dutch Military Engineers, c.1550–c.1660

‘Qualifications, knowledge and courage’: Dutch Military Engineers, c.1550–c.1660

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(p.47) 1 ‘Qualifications, knowledge and courage’: Dutch Military Engineers, c.1550–c.1660
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Military Engineers
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Erik Swart

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861209.003.0002

Between 1572 and 1648 the cutting edge of military engineering science moved from Italy and France to the Netherlands where the 80 year struggle of the United Netherlands against the power of Imperial Spain proved a great school of military engineering. It also saw the start of a tendency towards professional specialisation that had already begun in Italy after 1550. Systematic mathematical training distinguished the engineers from mere artisans. Publication of text books spread knowledge of their methods but relatively modest pay encouraged emigration by engineer products of a culture oriented towards lucrative foreign markets.

Keywords:   Engineering science, Netherlands, Imperial Spain, mathematical, training, publication, pay, emigration

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