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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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Military Engineers, Maps and the Survival of the Savoyard State (1559–1798)

Military Engineers, Maps and the Survival of the Savoyard State (1559–1798)

(p.89) 3Military Engineers, Maps and the Survival of the Savoyard State (1559–1798)
Military Engineers

Christopher Storrs

Edinburgh University Press

The Savoyard state was an extreme example of the importance of military engineers and map making in the process of state formation because of the composite multi-lingual nature of the state and its vulnerable position between the power of France and the domains of the Austrian Habsburgs. The Dukes of Savoy attained royal status by often duplicitous policies and endless participation in wars on east and west which require extensive fortification. Their capital Turin survived a great siege in 1706. Latterly military cartography of high quality was produced in Savoy by its prestigious military engineers who inevitably bore responsibility when its expensive, ineffective defences collapsed before French Revolutionary armies.

Keywords:   Savoyard state, multilingual, state formation, cartography, fortification

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