By C. S. L. Davies (auth.), A. C. Duke, C. A. Tamse (eds.)
War has ever exercised a good allure on men's minds. Oscar Wilde's witticism although this fascination can't be attri buted just to the depraved personality of struggle. The demonic forces published by way of conflict have stuck the creative mind's eye, whereas sages have mirrored at the enigmatic readiness of every new iteration to salary battle, regardless of the destruction, disillusion and exhaustion that conflict is understood to herald its teach. If there by no means used to be a great conflict and a foul peace why did armed conflicts recur with such distressing regularity? used to be large-scale violence an intrinsic of guy? The solutions given to such questions have differed generally: it has even been steered that the states of battle and peace should not as some distance faraway from each other as is generally intended. The motives of warfare and the interplay among battle and society have lengthy been the topic of philosophical enquiry and ancient research. Accord ing to Thucydides nobody used to be ever forced to visit conflict; Cicero remarked how dumb have been the legislation in time of conflict, whereas Clausewitz's profound remark about the affinity among struggle and politics has develop into nearly a average. conflict being the severest attempt a society or country can adventure historians have clearly been involved to enquire their rela tionship.
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Wijn. 'Het noordhollandse regiment in de eerste jaren van de opstand 53 54 tegen Spanje'. Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, LXII (1949), 248. 54 De Meij. De watergeuzen, p. 179. DURING THE REVOLT OF THE NETHERLANDS 29 on an enemy watch-post manned by two sentinels. The Spaniard was stabbed immediately, but the German was interrogated and then turned loose. 57 A true Beggar captain would most likely have killed both men. The Beggar did not share the mercenary's collegial affability or his professional calculation which declined to make the soldiers' trade any more dangerous than was necessary.
Yet congenital distaste for permanent and universal military service did not exclude compulsory cooperation in times of direct emergency. So villagers were called to lookout duty even after 1576. 74 South of the Maas, such duty became a permanent institution. 76 In the critical year 1629 the peasants of the whole province were mobilized. While Frederick Henry was besieging 's-Hertogenbosch with his main force, Montecuculi's troops looked as though they were about to invade the heart of Holland.
Archief Hof van Holland 5217, testimony of Pieter Frans, 30 May 1613. '121 The damage inflicted by the Dunkirk privateers, however, was not inconsiderable. According to a reasonable estimate, the Republic lost about 3,000 ships to them122 between 1621 and 1646, when Dunkirk fell. A number of Amsterdam traders put the losses in 1640 at several million guilders;123 even allowing for some exaggeration the annual figure can seldom have been less than a million guilders, and in the worst years it may have been more than double.