An Apprenticeship in Arms: The Origins of the British Army 1585-1702

Hardcover | December 15, 2006

byRoger B. Manning

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Based upon a wide range of historical and literary sources, An Apprenticeship in Arms is a scholarly study of the military experiences of peers and gentlemen from the British Isles who volunteered to fight in the religious and dynastic wars of mainland Europe, as well as the ordinary men whowere impressed to serve in the ranks from the time of the English intervention in the Dutch war of independence in 1585 to the death of the soldier-king William III in 1702. This apprenticeship in arms exposed these men to the technological innovations of the military revolution, laid thefoundations for a fledgling professional officer class based upon merit and established a fund of military expertise. This remilitarization of aristocratic culture and society was completed by 1640, and provided numerous experienced military officers for the various armies of the civil wars and,subsequently, for the embryonic British army after William III invaded and conquered the British Isles and committed the Three Kingdoms to the armed struggle against Louis XIV during the Nine Years War.Conflicts between amateur aristocrats and so-called 'soldiers of fortune' led to continuing debates about the relative merits of standing armies and a select militia; the individual pursuit of honour and glory by such amateurs also obscured the more rational military and political objectives of themodern state, subverted military discipline, and delayed the process of the professionalization of the officer corps of the British army.

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Based upon a wide range of historical and literary sources, An Apprenticeship in Arms is a scholarly study of the military experiences of peers and gentlemen from the British Isles who volunteered to fight in the religious and dynastic wars of mainland Europe, as well as the ordinary men whowere impressed to serve in the ranks from the...

Roger B. Manning is at Professor of History Emeritus, Cleveland State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:December 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199261490

ISBN - 13:9780199261499

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Table of Contents

I. A Military Apprenticeship 1585-16401. The Irish Wars2. The Low Countries Wars3. British Manpower and the States' Army4. Recruiting in the British Isles for Mainland European Armies5. Military and Naval Expeditions of the 1620s6. The campus martius: The Domestic School of WarII. The Experience of Civil War 1640-16607. Mercenaries and Gentlemen8. Raising and Organizing Standing Armies9. Atrocity, Plunder, and Discipline10. The Civil Wars in Ireland and ScotlandIII. The Decay of a Military Tradition 1660-168811. Standing Armies in the Three Kingdoms12. The Decay of the Militia13. English, Irish, and Scots in Mainland European ArmiesIV. The Recovery of a Military Tradition 1688-170214. The Descent on England15. The Williamite Conquest of Scotland and Ireland16. The Nine Years War17. Conclusion: Military ProfessionalismSelect BibliographyIndex

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"This book can be recommended as a clear, useful summing up of the current state of knowledge of the military history of Britain and Ireland in the long century prior to Act of Settlement of 1702."--Ian Gentles, American Historical Review