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Military Engineers: The Development of the Early Modern European State

Bruce P. Lenman


The book examines the unique role of European military engineers in the service of both kingdoms and republics from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth century. They were usually the only servants of the state, apart from artillery or naval officers, with training in mathematics, which explains the frequent overlap between gunners, sailors, and the emerging profession of military engineering. Military engineers were natural polymaths who defended and empowered sovereign authority, especially after the development of artillery made the widespread construction of bastion-defended, low-lying fo ... More

Keywords: Military engineers, polymaths, sovereignties, port cities, fortifications, cartography, town planning

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781845861209
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce P. Lenman, editor
University of St Andrews (emeritus)

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Part 1 Military Engineers and the State in Early-Modern Western and Central Europe

Part 2 Military Engineers in the Eastern Mediterranean and on the Eastern Frontiers of Europe

Part 3 Beyond Europe: Military Engineers in the Early-Modern European Oceanic Empires

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