There is no clear break to separate the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Instead, there were wars in progress in 1600, while, in addition, the events of the early years of the seventeenth century frequently reflected conflicts in the preceding decades. As advanced by Michael Roberts, the Military Revolution spans the century divide, but the wars of 1590–1615 revealed the difficulties of attaining decisive outcomes, difficulties that sit uneasily alongside the implication that greater proficiency arose from the adoption of particular methods.
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