Welcome to my Blog. Here I will post my non peer-reviewed reflections and ruminations (and occasional rants) on the history of the pike-and-shot era which – in spite of the rather belligerent title – won’t be limited to its more ‘operational’ features.

In effect, I hope to help demonstrate how, in spite of the heavy stigma it still carries in modern-day academia, the study of military history has the potential to contribute to the development of new instruments and methodologies with which to study early modern society and culture.

I apologize in advance for the ‘episodic’ nature of my blogging and for the poor quality of my English.

Maurizio Arfaioli