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Urban, William L. 1939-

Overview
Works: 36 works in 173 publications in 6 languages and 2,973 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Sources 
Roles: Author, Composer, Other, Editor
Classifications: DK511.L36, 947.402
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Most widely held works by William L Urban
The Baltic Crusade by William L Urban( Book )

16 editions published between 1961 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Teutonic Knights : a military history by William L Urban( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Teutonic knights were powerful and ferocious advocates of holy war. Their history is suffused with crusading, campaigning and struggle. Feared by their enemies but respected by medieval Christendom, the knights and their Order maintained a firm hold over the Baltic and northern Germany and established a formidable regime which flourished across central Europe for 300 years. This book surveys the gripping history of the knights and relates their rise to power; their struggles against Prussian pagans; the series of wars against Poland and Lithuania; the clash with Alexander Nevsky's Russia; and the gradual stagnation of the Order in the fourteenth century. The book is replete with dramatic episodes - such as the battle on frozen Lake Peipus in 1242, or the disaster of Tannenberg - but focuses primarily on the year-after-year struggle to maintain power, fend off incursions and raiding bands, and to launch crusades against unbelieving foes. And it was the crusade, with knights demonstrating their valor, which chiefly characterized and breathed life into this militant, conquering Holy Order. The narrative charts the rise and fall of the Order, and, in an accessible and engaging style, throws light on a band of knights whose deeds and motives have long been misunderstood
The Prussian Crusade by William L Urban( Book )

10 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval mercenaries : the business of war by William L Urban( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Middle Ages were a turbulent and violent time, when the fate of nations was most often decided on the battlefield, and strength of arms was key to acquiring and maintaining power. As feudal oaths and local militias were often incapable of keeping the enemy at bay, it was the mercenary who stepped in to fill the ranks. A mercenary was a professional soldier who took employment with minimum concern for the morals, ethics or cause of the paymaster. But within these confines we discover a surprising array of fighting-men, from the lowest-born foot soldier to the wealthiest aristocrat--even the occasional clergyman. Historian Urban explores the vital importance of the mercenary to the medieval power-broker, from the Byzantine Varangian Guard to 15th-century soldiers of fortune in the Baltic, and presents an in-depth portrait of the mercenary across the Middle Ages.--From publisher description
The Livonian Crusade by William L Urban( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 2004 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Livonian rhymed chronicle by Jerry Christopher Smith( Book )

16 editions published between 1977 and 2017 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dithmarschen : a medieval peasant republic by William L Urban( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bayonets for hire : mercenaries at war, 1550-1789 by William L Urban( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and Polish and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tannenberg and after : Lithuania, Poland, and the Teutonic Order in search of immortality by William L Urban( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Samogitian Crusade by William L Urban( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johannes Renner's Livonian history 1556-1561 by Johannes Renner( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Small wars and their influence on nation states : 1500 to the present day by William L Urban( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matchlocks to flintlocks : warfare in Europe and beyond, 1500-1700 by William L Urban( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bayonets and scimitars : arms, armies and mercenaries 1700-1789 by William L Urban( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eighteenth century marked a watershed in European history. This was a period of significant economic, political and technological upheaval which led to the American and French revolutions, and was to ultimately pave the way for Europe's domination of much of the world during the nineteenth century. The wars and political maneuvering of Frederick the Great and Catherine the Great transformed Prussia and Russia into major players in European politics. France, the richest nation in the West; survived losing successive wars, then bankrupted itself assisting the Americans in an unnecessary war of revenge. Britain became the model of economic and financial efficiency and made itself supreme in North America, the Caribbean, and in India, only to face such financial troubles that its leaders antagonized its colonial subjects in America. This engaging new book by esteemed military historian William Urban traces the evolution of war-making throughout this turbulent period - the politics, the weaponry, the organisation of armies, and the transformation of mercenaries into professionals. This illuminating and highly readable account concentrates not just on high politics and military strategy, but also on the everyday experiences of those involved, giving us a fascinating glimpse into the human drama of eighteenth-century warfare
The independence of the Baltic states : origins, causes, and consequences : a comparison of the crucial years 1918-1919 and 1990-1991( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of Monmouth College through its fifth quarter-century by William L Urban( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Juvenal, Juvinall, Juvenile: a family history by William L Urban( Book )

2 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of various Juvenal families in United States and Europe
Historia de la Iglesia y de las instituciones ecclesiasticas : trabajos en homenaje a Ferran Valls i Taberner( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in Spanish and English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Žalgiris ir kas po jo : Lietuva, Lenkija ir Vokiečių ordinas--nemirtingumo beieškant by William L Urban( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in Lithuanian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Teutonic Knights : a military history
Alternative Names
Urban, William.

Urban, William 1939-

Urban, William L. 1939-

Urban, William Lawrence.

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Medieval mercenaries : the business of warThe Livonian rhymed chronicleBayonets for hire : mercenaries at war, 1550-1789Johannes Renner's Livonian history 1556-1561