War, State, and Society in Liège

How a Small State of the Holy Roman Empire survived the Nine Year's War (1688-1697)

Roeland Goorts

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Small power diplomacy in seventeenth century Europe

War, State and Society in Liège is a fascinating case study of the consequences of war in the Prince-Bishopric of Liège and touches upon wider issues in early modern history, such as small power diplomacy in the seventeenth century and during the Nine Years’ War.

For centuries, the small semi-independent Holy Roman Principality of Liège succeeded in preserving a non-belligerent role in European conflicts. During the Nine Years’ War (1688–1697), however, Liège’s leaders had to abolish the practice of neutrality. For the first time in its early modern history, the Prince-Bishopric had to raise a regular army, reconstruct ruined defence structures, and supply army contributions in both money and material.

The issues under discussion in War, State and Society in Liège offer the reader insight into how Liège politically protected its powerful institutions and how the local elite tried to influence the interplay between domestic and external diplomatic relationships.

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List of figures, maps, illustrations and tables 
List of archival abbreviations 1
Note on the nomenclature of the Nine Years’ War 

Chapter I
Introduction to the Nine Years’ War 
Chapter II
The balance of power in the Principality of Liège 
Chapter III
The finances of the Prince-Bishopric during the Nine Years’ War 
Chapter IV
The army of Liège 
Chapter V
The urban sites and their defences 
Chapter VI
Foreign relations 
Chapter VII
“Den kleinen Krieg” in the Prince-Bishopric 
Chapter VIII
The economic and social effects 
Chapter IX
Conclusion on the Nine Years’ War in the Princedom 


Format: Monograph - ebook

418 pages

ISBN: 9789461662712

Publication: March 11, 2019

Series: Avisos de Flandes 17

Languages: English

Roeland Goorts, PhD, studied at the KU Leuven and the University of Reading. His research focuses on medieval and early modern military history, especially in the Prince-Bishopric of Liège.
Goorts provides a wealth of relevant empirical material on the internal politics and fiscal-military organization of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège that will prove valuable for historians working in this field.
Bram van Besouw, BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 135(2). DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10805