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Warfare in the Renaissance World
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Warfare in the 16th and 17th centuries - some times ca lle d th e Ren ai ssan ce pe riod - un derwent a tran sformati on so fundame nta l th at it has ju sti fiab ly been described as a mil itary revolution . In Euro pe, this was an inten sely bell icose peri od in which wa rs becam e an int egral part of political life; over the two centuries in qu estion , for exa mple, E urope experienced o nly 10 yea rs o f peac e, and G erman y suffe re d an es tima te d po pulation reduction of 30 percent du e to co nflict.