The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1638-1660 (Oxford Illustrated History)

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9780192802781: The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1638-1660 (Oxford Illustrated History)

This beautifully illustrated military history of the British and Irish Civil Wars offers an integrated account of the conflict that engulfed the kingdoms ruled by Charles I after 1638. On one hand, it studies the interaction between the Stuart kingdoms, comparing and contrasting their wartime experiences; on the other, it outlines the various civil wars which were fought in Scotland, Ireland, and England during the 1640s. Throughout the text, contributors examine how troops were raised, trained, clothed, armed, fed, and paid; the strategies adopted by the protagonists fighting in the various theatres of war; and the tactics used by their generals in combat. What role did siege warfare play in shaping the course of events? What contribution did seapower make to the conduct of combat on land? What impact did ten years of brutal conflict have on the populations of England, Ireland, and Scotland--especially on the women and children? Such are the questions this book aims to answer.

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About the Author:

The late John Kenyon was Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas; Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge; Professor of Modern History at St Andrews; Professor of Modern History at Hull.

Jane Ohlmeyer is a Lecturer at Aberdeen University. Previously visiting professor at New York University (1997); Lecturer at Yale University (1994-5); lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara (1992).


"...noted specialists in seventeenth century Britain... provides a valuable look not only into the intricate religious, political, and military developments that shaped the civil wars of the period...of value for anyone interested in British history or seventeenth century warfare"--The NYMAS Newsletter

"...a collective study that substantially achieves Kenyon's goal of producing a work that adds great breadth to our perspective of the British conflicts of mid-seventeenth excellent sampler of recent scholarship concerning the British Civil Wars...If you had to choose only one book produced on the British Civil Wars in the last decade, The Civil Wars is the one I would recommend. Likewise, if an introduction to the last decade's work in the field is desired, this is the place to go, as working out from it will lead you out to a vast and rich literature indeed."--Albion

"...a strong collection on which much effort has been expended to provide good value for money...Ohlmeyer is to be commended for executing Kenyon's vision."--The Journal of Military History

"This is a useful...collection....Good notes and bibliography; excellent chronology."--Choice

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