maandag 27 augustus 2012
Not so quiet on the Western Front
hier. Via Jamel Ostwald's blog zijn we gewezen op het weblog van de Engelse historicus Gavin Robinson, die bezig is met onderzoek naar de werking van de cavalerie in de 17e eeuw in Groot-Brittannie. ~ Tomorrow we celebrate the lifting of the siege of Groningen in 1672. It used to be a day off, but contrary to a very long tradition it seems that more and more people are working that day. Our editors have been very busy lately and the pictures symbolise in a way, the research we - as part time unpaid historians - do for our and hopefully your enjoyment. The forst picture refers to the Nassau family of Stadhouders in Leeuwarden, Friesland. We think we can shed some light to some flags and colours of the Frisian regiments of the mid and late 17th century. The second picture refers to our research, togetreher with Drs C. Nicolas, of uniforma and colours of the 1667 dutch marines. The third picture is a picture of a gun near the local museum in the town of Grave, in Guelders. We did some very inspiring excursions, re-inspiring our interest in the Eighty Years War. We are not quite sure to use the 1672 blog for this or to set up a new one. Further news: well, there's a excellent review on Dr W. Drenth's blog on a book on Danish troops in Ireland, Jamel Ostwald's blog is of course a great inspiration for researchers, and thanks to his blog I found several links to other weblog's, like Gavin Robinson's one on 17th century cavalry. Also Jamel has compiled several literature lists on Early Modern Warfare on his blog, which could be helpful to some of you. Unfortunatly the references are to english language books only. I do realise that dutch isn't a world language anymore but I expect from academics a more broader view, like Geoffrey Parker gave us on the Spanish in the 16th century, Lynn on the French, or Stapleton on William III. Dr J.W. Wijn used french, spanish, german and dutch sources for his groundbraking work on Maurice's reforms. Both the university of Leyden and Amsterdam have research projects on the military in the 17th century, which already has led to several PhD thesises. Unfortunatly only one is translated in English (Olaf van Nimwegen's book). More to follow soon..