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Title Mercenaries A Guide to Private Armies and Private Military Companies
Author Alan Axelrod
Publisher CQ Press
Release Date 2013-12-27
Category Political Science
Total Pages 440
ISBN 9781483364667
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Mercenaries have been active in battle from the beginning of military history and, as private armies and military support firms, they are a major component of warfare today. Security, military advice, training, logistics support, policing, technological expertise, intelligence, transportation—all are outsourced to a greater or lesser degree in the U.S. military. However, privatization is not a uniquely American phenomenon. Countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Australia rely on privatization in one form or another. Historically, heads of state, politicians, and other administrators have justified use of mercenaries on the basis of their effectiveness, and cost-savings. These reasons and others continue to serve as rationales for use of private military companies in military strategy. Mercenaries: A Guide to Private Armies and Private Military Companies provides a comprehensive survey and guide to mercenary forces, entrepreneurs, and corporations active on the international military scene today, including a concise history of mercenaries and private armies on land, sea, and in the air. Narrative chapters are amply supplemented by sidebars including biographies of major figures, key statistics, historical and current documents, contracts, and legislation on private armies and outsourced military services. Each chapter includes a bibliography of books, journal articles, and web sites, and a general bibliography concludes the entire work.

Mercenaries by Sarah Percy

Title Mercenaries
Author Sarah Percy
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date 2007-10-11
Category History
Total Pages 267
ISBN 9780199214334
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With unprecedented historical range, this book examines the use of mercenaries from the courts of medieval Europe through to private security companies in modern-day Iraq, and explores the key ethical questions surrounding the mechanics of private military action.

Title Mercenaries and their Masters
Author Michael Mallett
Publisher Pen and Sword
Release Date 2009-08-19
Category History
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781848840317
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Michael MallettÕs classic study of Renaissance warfare in Italy is as relevant today as it was when it was first published a generation ago. His lucid account of the age of the condottieri - the mercenary captains of fortune - and of the soldiers who fought under them is set in the wider context of the Italian society of the time and of the warring city-states who employed them. A fascinating picture emerges of the mercenaries themselves, of their commanders and their campaigns, but also of the way in which war was organized and practiced in the Renaissance world. The book concentrates on the fifteenth century, a confused period of turbulence and transition when standing armies were formed in Italy and more modern types of military organization took hold across Europe. But it also looks back to the middle ages and the fourteenth century, and forward to the Italian wars of the sixteenth century when foreign armies disputed the European balance of power on Italian soil. Michael MallettÕs pioneering study, which embodies much scholarly research into this neglected, often misunderstood subject, is essential reading for any one who is keen to understand the history of warfare in the late medieval period and the Renaissance.

The Modern Mercenary by Associate Professor National Defense University Sean McFate

Title The Modern Mercenary
Author Associate Professor National Defense University Sean McFate
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2016-12-01
Category
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780190621087
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from spiraling into genocide, without anyone knowing that the United States was involved. The United States was, of course, involved, but only through McFate's employer, the military contractor DynCorp International. Throughout the world, similar scenarios are playing out daily. The United States can no longer go to war without contractors. Yet we don't know much about the industry's structure, its operations, or where it's heading. Typically led by ex-military men, contractor firms are by their very nature secretive. Even the U.S. government-the entity that actually pays them-knows relatively little. In The Modern Mercenary, Sean McFate lays bare this opaque world, explaining the economic structure of the industry and showing in detail how firms operate on the ground. A former U.S. Army paratrooper and private military contractor, McFate provides an unparalleled perspective into the nuts and bolts of the industry, as well as a sobering prognosis for the future of war. While at present, the U.S. government and U.S. firms dominate the market, private military companies are emerging from other countries, and warlords and militias have restyled themselves as private security companies in places like Afghanistan and Somalia. To understand how the proliferation of private forces may influence international relations, McFate looks back to the European Middle Ages, when mercenaries were common and contract warfare the norm. He concludes that international relations in the twenty-first century may have more in common with the twelfth century than the twentieth. This "back to the future" situation, which he calls "neomedievalism," is not necessarily a negative condition, but it will produce a global system that contains rather than solves problems. The Modern Mercenary is the first work that combines a broad-ranging theory of the phenomenon with an insider's understanding of what the world of the private military industry is actually like.

Title Mercenaries in Asymmetric Conflicts
Author Scott Fitzsimmons
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2012-09-24
Category History
Total Pages 340
ISBN 9781107026919
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fitzsimmons argues that small mercenary groups must maintain a superior culture to successfully engage and defeat larger and better-equipped opponents.

Greek Mercenaries by Matthew Trundle

Title Greek Mercenaries
Author Matthew Trundle
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2004-09-09
Category History
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781134304332
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book provides a detailed picture of the life of these Greek mercenaries, analyzing who they were and from what section of society they came. It explores their motivations, their relationships and connections, both with each other and those with whom they served, and shows how mercenaries were recruited, paid and maintained. Matthew Trundle reviews a variety of evidence, including Xenophon's detailed account of how over ten thousand Greeks tried and failed to establish the Persian prince Cyrus on his brother's Imperial throne, the fragments of a fourth century play about the first ever soldier of fortune, and inscriptions prohibiting Athenians from taking service with their neighbours. The result is a fresh look at the significance of mercenaries in ancient Greek society, economy and politics, and their part in the process that shaped the great Empire of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world.

Medieval Mercenaries by William L. Urban

Title Medieval Mercenaries
Author William L. Urban
Publisher Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal
Release Date 2006
Category History
Total Pages 304
ISBN 1853676977
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Middle Ages were a turbulent and violent time, when the fate of nations was most often decided on the battlefield, and strength of arms was key to acquiring and maintaining power. Feudal oaths and local militias were more often than not incapable of providing the skilled and disciplined warriors necessary to keep the enemy at bay. It was the mercenary who stepped in to fill the ranks. In this benchmark work, William Urban explores the vital importance of the mercenary to the medieval power-broker, from the Byzantine Varangian Guard to fifteenth-century soldiers of fortune in the Baltic. Through contemporary chronicles and the most up-to-date scholarship, he presents an in-depth portrait of the mercenary across the Middle Ages. A mercenary was a professional soldier who took employment with minimum concern for the morals, ethics or cause of the paymaster. But within these confines we discover a surprising array of fighting-men, from the lowest-born foot soldier to the wealthiest aristocrat – the occasional clergyman, even. What united them all was a willingness, and often the desire, to fight for their supper. Shocking, informative and hugely entertaining, Medieval Mercenaries is a compelling account of the business of war in the age of chivalry.

Title The Mercenaries of the Hellenistic World
Author G. T. Griffith
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2014-08-14
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781107419308
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Originally published in 1935, this book provides a detailed history of the employment of mercenaries in the Hellenistic period. Griffith discusses how and why mercenaries were used after the death of Alexander the Great by the Seleucids, Ptolemies, the Greek League and other powers active before the rise of Rome, and includes a section contrasting the pay and maintenance of mercenaries in the classical period with that of the Hellenistic period. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in ancient history and one of the ancient world's most important professions.

Mercenaries by Al J. Venter

Title Mercenaries
Author Al J. Venter
Publisher Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors
Release Date 2014-03-19
Category History
Total Pages 304
ISBN 1612002447
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"A fascinating look at modern merc actions in the Middle East and Africa. From brushfire wars in the Congo to outright genocides in Biafra, highly skilled mercenaries were called upon to fight for order, and also for a living. Whether facing fanatics in Somalia or revolutionaries in Rhodesia, staving off cannibals in Sierra Leone or assisting a civil war in Angola the mercs put their lives on the line for a cause." -- book cover.

Title Freedom s Mercenaries Southern South America
Author Moises Enrique Rodriguez
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2006
Category History
Total Pages 524
ISBN 0761834389
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Between 1817 and 1825, 10,000 British mercenaries, many of them veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, left Europe to join the armies and navies of Bolivar, San Martin, and other leaders fighting to liberate their countries from the colonial domination of Spain and Portugal. Very few of these mercenaries came back. Many succumbed to tropical diseases or battles, and the remainder settled in the new states that they helped to create. This two-volume edition tells the little known story of these freedom mercenaries. Using historical evidence, this work offers a complete study of the struggle of both Britons and South Americans in these Wars of Independence and analyzes their actions in the larger context of the foreign policies of the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Imperial Russia, and the German States. Each volume features self-contained, but complementary chapters that follow one major unit or volunteer. Written in an approachable style, this book offers insight into an under-examined historical epic.

Rifts Mercenaries by C. J. Carella

Title Rifts Mercenaries
Author C. J. Carella
Publisher Palladium Books Incorporated
Release Date 1994
Category Games
Total Pages 160
ISBN 0916211703
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Mercenaries in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Author Hunt Janin
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2014-01-10
Category History
Total Pages 220
ISBN 9781476612072
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In medieval and Renaissance Europe, mercenaries—professional soldiers who fought for money or other rewards—played violent, colorful, international roles in warfare, but they have received relatively little scholarly attention. In this book a large number of vignettes portray their activities in Western Europe over a period of nearly 900 years, from the Merovingian mercenaries of 752 through the Thirty Years’ War, which ended in 1648. Intended as an introduction to the subject and drawing heavily on contemporary first-person accounts, the book creates a vivid but balanced mosaic of the many thousands of mercenaries who were hired to fight for various employers.

Mercenaries by Angela Knight

Title Mercenaries
Author Angela Knight
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2005
Category Fiction
Total Pages 307
ISBN 0425206165
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Assigned to join a team of interstellar mercenaries led by Nathan August, beautiful Trinity Yeager finds herself torn between two men--August and his first officer, Sebastian Cole--as they make their way across the galaxy in a trio of erotic science fiction adventures. Original.

Title Rebels Mercenaries and Dividends
Author Smith Hempstone
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1962
Category Katanga (Congo)
Total Pages 250
ISBN STANFORD:36105083134580
Language English, Spanish, and French
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One Million Mercernaries by John McCormack

Title One Million Mercernaries
Author John McCormack
Publisher Pen and Sword
Release Date 1993-09-01
Category History
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780850523126
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The white mercenaries who attracted the world's attention in the Congo during the early 1960s were never more than a few hundred in number. In contrast, no fewer than a million Swiss troops served as mercenaries in the armies of Europe during the preceding 500 years. Swiss mercenaries form a significant strand in the rope of European military history, and this book draws on many French and German-language sources to describe how the Swiss emerged from the isolated valleys of the Alps with a new method of warfare. Their massed columns of pike-carrying infantry were the first foot-soldiers since Roman times who could hold their own against the cavalry. For a brief period at the end of the 15th century the Swiss army appeared unbeatable, and after Swiss independence had been ensured they were hired out as mercenaries throughout Europe. Kings and generals competed to hire these elite combat troops. Nearly half of the million served with the French, their centuries of loyal service culminating with the massacre of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution. Marlborough, Frederick the Great and Napoleon all hired large numbers of Swiss troops, and three Swiss regiments served in the British Army.

Mercenaries by Fred Halliday

Title Mercenaries
Author Fred Halliday
Publisher Spokesman Books
Release Date 1977
Category Arab countries
Total Pages 80
ISBN UOM:39015004973221
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Lost Samurai by STEPHEN. TURNBULL

Title The Lost Samurai
Author STEPHEN. TURNBULL
Publisher Frontline Books
Release Date 2021-05-30
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1526758989
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Lost Samurai reveals the greatest untold story of Japan's legendary warrior class, which is that for almost a hundred years Japanese samurai were employed as mercenaries in the service of the kings of Siam, Cambodia, Burma, Spain and Portugal, as well as by the directors of the Dutch East India Company.The Japanese samurai were used in dramatic assault parties, as royal bodyguards, as staunch garrisons and as willing executioners. As a result, a stereotypical image of the fierce Japanese warrior developed that had a profound influence on the way they were regarded by their employers.Whilst the Southeast Asian kings tended to employ samurai on a long-term basis as palace guards, their European employers usually hired them on a temporary basis for specific campaigns. Also, whereas the Southeast Asian monarchs tended to trust their well-established units of Japanese mercenaries, the Europeans, whilst admiring them, also feared them. In every European example a progressive shift in attitude may be discerned from initial enthusiasm to great suspicion that the Japanese might one day turn against them, as illustrated by the long-standing Spanish fear of an invasion of the Philippines by Japan accompanied by a local uprising.It also suggested that if, during the 1630s, Japan had chosen engagement with Southeast Asia rather than isolation from it, the established presence of Japanese communities overseas may have had a profound influence on the subsequent development of international relations within the area, perhaps even seeing the early creation of an overseas Japanese empire that would have provided a rival to Great Britain. Instead Japan closed its doors, leaving these fierce mercenaries stranded in distant countries never to return: lost samurai indeed!

Title Close Cover A Masters and Mercenaries Novel
Author Lexi Blake
Publisher Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Release Date 2018-04-10
Category Fiction
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781945920851
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Remy Guidry doesn’t do relationships. He tried the marriage thing once, back in Louisiana, and learned the hard way that all he really needs in life is a cold beer, some good friends, and the occasional hookup. His job as a bodyguard with McKay-Taggart gives him purpose and lovely perks, like access to Sanctum. The last thing he needs in his life is a woman with stars in her eyes and babies in her future. Lisa Daley’s life is going in the right direction. She has graduated from college after years of putting herself through school. She’s got a new job at an accounting firm and she’s finished her Sanctum training. Finally on her own and having fun, her life seems pretty perfect. Except she’s lonely and the one man she wants won’t give her a second look. There is one other little glitch. Apparently, her new firm is really a front for the mob and now they want her dead. Assassins can really ruin a fun girls’ night out. Suddenly strapped to the very same six-foot-five-inch hunk of a bodyguard who makes her heart pound, Lisa can’t decide if this situation is a blessing or a curse. As the mob closes in, Remy takes his tempting new charge back to the safest place he knows—his home in the bayou. Surrounded by his past, he can’t help wondering if Lisa is his future. To answer that question, he just has to keep her alive.

Mercenaries by Abdel-Fatau Musah

Title Mercenaries
Author Abdel-Fatau Musah
Publisher Pluto Press (UK)
Release Date 2000
Category History
Total Pages 334
ISBN UOM:39015047557361
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Second volume of Deutscher prize-winning trilogy on the future of IR, tracing the defining characteristics of 'foreign encounters' over time.

Title Mercenaries and Lyndon Johnson s more Flags
Author Richard M. Blackburn
Publisher McFarland Publishing
Release Date 1994
Category History
Total Pages 206
ISBN UOM:39015054143626
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On April 23, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson launched the More Flags (i.e., more countries at war in Vietnam) program as United States policy. Over the next four years of the Johnson administration, and in the face of extreme reluctance to send troops on the part of the target countries, the goal of More Flags became more direct: to hire mercenary troops--at extremely high cost--from countries such as South Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand to assist the U.S. military, while presenting the matter to the world as something entirely different.