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Preface Acknowledgements Part I. Context and Parameters: 1. Contexts of military change in the grand siècle 2. Army growth Part II. Administration and Supply: 3. The military administration 4. Food and fodder 5. Providing other essentials 6. The tax of violence and contributions Part III. Command: 7. The costs of regimental command 8. The culture of command 9. The high command Part IV. The Rank and File: 10. Composition of the army 11. Recruitment 12. Discipline and desertion 13. Elements of morale and motivation Part V. The Practice of War: 14. Tactics and weaponry 15. Learning and practicing the art of field warfare 16. Positional warfare Epilogue: insights on state formation Bibliography.