Infantry Skirmish

Cornelis de Wael

Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner

Cornelis de Wael (1592–1667)

Infantry Skirmish

Oil on canvas

Inv. no. 626

Misery without end – a continent at war


War is a defining feature of the age. Many conflicts drag on for decades. Times of peace are often little more than ceasefires. Although most wars are fought under the pretext of religion, they are in reality about power and dominance: Catholics fight Protestants, and the great powers for domination in Europe. Deep cracks run through the continent. As Spain’s star wanes, France’s power waxes. Holland and England become big players in world trade.


Brute force determines the lives of most people, defenceless citizens, peasants and simple soldiers are all affected. Victims become perpetrators, perpetrators become victims. All of them are merely pieces on the chessboard of politics. The old draft militias are replaced by standing armies, organisations that require a lot of logistics and cost huge sums.


Weapons technology evolves to become the high tech of its time. A new subject emerges: “war science”. It will become an important part of princely education.

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