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Down in the weeds of military history

I’ve been doing some reading lately on European militaries of the 16th and 17th centuries.

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I’ve been doing some reading lately on European militaries of the 16th and 17th centuries. I knew I was pretty deep in the weeds when I stumbled into this sentence: “There were, to be sure, a few exceptions — the Schmalkaldic War of 1547-8, the war of Ostia in 1557, the war of Saluzzo in 1600.”

Honestly, I am unfamiliar with all three of those conflicts. I half suspect the author just making them up, kind of like how map companies insert small mistakes to make sure their copyright isn’t violated by copycats.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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