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Nicola Ciabatti
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I'm sure it's been asked and discussed before, but I can't find it on the forums (I think it depends on me, as I can never find anything on the forums), so I'm asking: can someone please recommend some good book on warfare and battle tactics in the Age of Reason?
I'm asking becuse I'm considering to try the Battles from the Age of Reason (BAR) series. Thanks in advance.
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Lance Runolfsson
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My two favorite books on the subject. And the only ones I really know of.

Frederick The Great on the Art of war
http://www.amazon.com/Frederick-The-Great-Art-War/dp/0306809...

The Military Experience in the Age of Reason: 1715-1789
http://www.amazon.com/The-Military-Experience-Age-Reason/dp/...

Though I am never sure that historical practice ever really translates in to game practice. Except at a superficial level.
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Beyond Lance's excellent pair of recommendations, I'd suggest the second edition of Duffy's "The Army of Frederick the Great":

http://www.amazon.com/Army-Frederick-Great-Christopher-Duffy...

He wrote the second edition after deciding that the original needed major revisions as a result of what he'd learned in his research for "Instrument of War: The Austrian Army in the Seven Years War," particularly where tactical flexibility and what Bob Kalinowski might refer to as KK (or Kleiner Krieg):

http://www.amazon.com/INSTRUMENT-OF-WAR-Austrian-Seven/dp/18...

I own and have read the the former, but have not yet picked up a copy of the latter, which is why I can recommend one and not the other.

Because of the expanding interest and historiography in KK-related topics, there also seems to be an expanding body of work on tactics from the American Revolution; I'm about to dive into Mark Urban's "Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment":

http://www.amazon.com/Fusiliers-British-Regiment-American-Re...

... and "With Zeal & Bayonets Only" looks interesting:

http://www.amazon.com/With-Zeal-Bayonets-Only-Commanders/dp/...

Hope that helps!

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Brent Nosworthy's THE ANATOMY OF VICTORY: BATTLE TACTICS 1689-1763. That will at least get you through the Wars of Frederick the Great if not quite the American Revolution.

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I found this book illuminating, though it is hard to find: "The Anatomy of Victory" by Brent Nosworthy.

http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Victory-Battle-Tactics-1689-17...


Also, by the same author, there is this book which I have not read, but sounds appropriate: "With Musket Cannon and Sword". Has any one else here read it and can comment on it?

http://www.amazon.com/With-Musket-Cannon-And-Sword/dp/188511...


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I read and liked Nosworthy's "With Musket Cannon and Sword" several years ago, but decided I preferred Rory Muir's "Tactics & the Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon":

http://www.amazon.com/Tactics-Experience-Battle-Age-Napoleon...

As I recall, Nosworthy's book was more concerned with the doctrines and goals of the armies of the period in their training and approach, where Muir was more involved in documenting the messy reality.

To be very fair to Nosworthy, that's a relatively facile comparison, but when I decided to choose between them, I stuck with Muir. There's also the basic reading experience; I simply enjoyed reading Muir more, so as with Gunther Rothenburg's or Paddy Griffith's books that touch on the period, I was predisposed to keeping him around.


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Thanks everybody for the reccomendations. I'd love to read Nosworthy's "The Anatomy of Vitory" because I've read "With Musket Cannon and Sword" and really liked it, but it's very difficult to find in Europe or, at least, very expensive (on Amazon.co.uk).

To answer Dr Caligari's question, "With Musket Cannon and Sword" is a very good book, but not an appropriate one as it's on the Napoleonic era. In fact, it's the sequel of "The Anatomy of Vitory".
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