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General Information

Name:  John A. Lynn  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- John A. Lynn on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

John A. Lynn is a Professor of American military historian at Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

John A. Lynn is an American military historian and lecturer at Northwestern University. Professor Lynn also served as the president of the U.S. Commission on Military History. He has published numerous works on the history of Western and non-Western military institutions and warfare.

Published Works

  • Battle: A History of Combat and Culture, Westview Press, 2003
  • The Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714, Longman, 1999
  • Giant of the Grand Siecle: The French Army 1610-1715, Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • The Bayonets of the Republic: Motivation and Tactics in the Army of Revolutionary France, Westview, 1996

Selected Titles At Your Library

Battle :
ISBN: 0813333725. OCLC Number:

Westview Press,. Cambridge, MA :. 2004.

"A History of Combat and Culture spans the globe and the centuries to explore the way ideas shape the conduct of warfare. Drawing its examples from Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and America, John A. Lynn challenges the belief that technology has been the dominant influence on combat from ancient times to the present day. The author examines the relationship between the real and the ideal, arguing that feedback between the two follows discernable paths. Battle rejects the currently fashionable notion of a "Western way of warfare" and replaces it with more nuanced concepts of varied and evolving cultural patterns of combat."--BOOK JACKET.

The wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714 /
ISBN: 0582056292. OCLC Number:

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Giant of the grand siècle :
ISBN: 0521032482. OCLC Number:

Cambridge University Press,. Cambridge ;. 1997.

"An "invisible giant" according to John Lynn, the seventeenth-century French army was the largest and hungriest institution of the Bourbon monarchy, then the most powerful state in Europe, yet it has received incomplete treatment and is only partly understood. Combining the social and cultural emphases of the "new" military history with the more traditional institutional and operational concerns, this book examines the army in depth. The portrait that emerges differs from what current scholarship might have predicted. Instead of claiming that a "military revolution" transformed warfare, Lynn stresses evolutionary change. This work also offers surprising insights into absolutism and the relationship between the monarchy and aristocracy. Questioning widely held assumptions about state formation and coercion, this book argues that this standing army was primarily devoted to border defense, and only rarely to internal repression."--Jacket.

The bayonets of the Republic :
ISBN: 0813329450. OCLC Number:

Westview Press,. Boulder, Colo. :. 1996.

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