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A selection of books covering private military history since medieval times. For more information about any of them, please click on the Amazon link. For future reference, please bookmark the page.

Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns. By Janice E. Thomson, Princeton University Press, July 1996.

Medieval Mercenaries, The Great Companies (Volume I). By Kenneth Fowler, Wiley-Blackwell, February 8, 2001.

The East India Company: 1600-1858 (6 Volume Set) 1st Edition. Edited by Patrick Tuck, Routledge, May 29, 1998.

VOC: A Bibliography of Publications Relating to the Dutch East India Company, 1602-1800. By Landwehr John, Brill | Hes & De Graaf, January 1, 1991.

Books incorporating Private Military History analysis:

Essential library title Private Armed Forces and Global Security: A Guide to the Issues. By Carlos Ortiz, Praeger, March 31, 2010.

>> See Chapter 2: Private Forces in Historical Perspective.

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essential library title Corporate Warriors. The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry. By Peter W. Singer. New York, Cornell University Press, 2003.

>> See Chapter 2: Privatized Military History.

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Key references in the study of Private Military History:

The Cambridge History of Warfare. By Parker, Geoffrey (ed.), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, August 22, 2005.


The Law of Internal Armed Conflict (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law). By Moir, Lindsay, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, January 21, 2002.


The Oxford Companion to Military History. By Holmes, Richard (ed.), Oxford, Oxford University Press, August 2, 2001.


Documents on the Laws of War. By Roberts, Adam and Guelff, Richard (eds). Oxford, Oxford University Press, June 22, 2000 (3rd edition).


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