" All of Us, In One Voice, Demand What's Owed Us": Mutiny in the Spanish Infantry during the Italian Wars, 1525-1538.

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Abstract

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
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)893-926
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Military History
Volume78
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

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