Spanish mutinies in an earlier age
Adding to Geoffrey Parker’s classic account of mutinies during the Dutch Revolt, a new article from latest issue of Journal of Military History turns back the clock a bit.
Sherer, Idan. ‘“All of Us, In One Voice, Demand What’s Owed Us”: Mutiny in the Spanish Infantry during the Italian Wars, 1525–1538.’ Journal of Military History 78, no. 3 (July 2014): 893–926.
This article examines the main characteristics of mutinies in the Spanish tercios at the height of the Italian Wars (1494-1559), a surprisingly underresearched subject considering the high frequency of such upheavals in these core infantry units. Contrary to the severe legal and moral implications of modern military mutinies the dynamics of the mutinies in the tercios resembled more closely those of a modern workers’ strike, in that the soldiers were allowed room to organize, make representations, negotiate and reach relatively amicable conclusions. Generals and soldiers alike accepted the recurring mutinies as a way of maintaining the organizational status quo in a context of infrequent paydays and persistent supply problems.
Meanwhile, back in Metropolis…
As I suspected, Sumida’s recent index of Clausewitz’s On War in a previous issue has triggered a response from Peter Paret (“Translation, Literal or Accurate”), Paret being one of the editors/translators of the standard 1984 translation. For those who think this is a small squabble among just a few people, this website doesn’t pull many punches regarding the Howard/Paret version. All of which starts to sound a bit like theologians arguing whether Saint Jerome’s Vulgate is better than Luther’s new German translation. Yawn.