BAYONETS FOR HIRE : MERCENARIES AT WAR, 1550-1789
304pp., 16 plates, P.B. 2016 reissue.
Shows that as military professionals mercenaries contributed significantly to the development of the modern state. By the mid-1700s military service had become a profession. The old-fashioned mercenary was less common, but he would not disappear until swept away by the volunteer armies of the French Revolution. Money gave way, temporarily, to patriotism. Bayonets for Hire is an engaging study of war and conquest in early modern Europe.