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Yet it is also important to recall Roberts’s contribution, not least his argument that the use of firearms itself posed serious tactical problems for armies within Europe,5 and that the military changes he focused on reflected the tactical challenge of overcoming the mid-sixteenth-century inheritance of the battlefield use of firearms and, more specifically, the problem posed by its most effective exponent, the Spanish tercio. Irrespective of the accuracy of the particular arguments of this approach, it has great value for its understanding of the adoption of gunpowder weaponry as a complex process that created problems, not least through the adoption of comparable tactics and technology by all the combatants.
2 In the short term, this led to Swedish triumph in 1631, reversing the run of victories hitherto in the Thirty Years’ War (1618–48) by the forces of the Emperor Ferdinand II and the Catholic League and, in the long term, to the creation of armies that were an effective force of statecraft, domestically and externally. These are held to have facilitated the development of absolutist states by shifting the balance of domestic military power towards sovereigns and away from their subjects. Roberts was able to fit many developments into his thesis.
The militias which Prince Dmitrii Pozharskii and Prokopii Liapunov formed in 1610–11 to drive the Poles from Moscow were a significant example of the effectiveness of militia in a civil war. In the French Wars of Religion, the civilian population was involved in the fighting, as perpetrators as well as victims. Local militias made up of town residents rather than professional soldiers were pivotal in both the St Bartholomew’s massacres (1572) as well as the wars of the Catholic League (1584–95).