The Edwardian Army: Manning, Training, and Deploying the British Army, 1902-1914

Hardcover | June 12, 2012

byTimothy Bowman, Mark Connelly

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The period 1902-1914 was one of great change for the British army. The experience of the South African War (1899-1902) had been a profound shock and it led to a period of intense introspection in order to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the force. As a result of a series ofinvestigations and government-led reorganisation, the army embarked on a series of reforms to improve its recruitment, standards of professionalism, training, and preparation for war. Until now many of the studies covering this period have tended to look at the army in a top-down manner, and haveoften concluded that the reform process was extremely beneficial to the army leading it to be the most efficient force in Europe by the outbreak of war in 1914. Bowman and Connelly take a different approach. The Edwardian Army takes a bottom-up perspective and examines the many difficulties the army experienced trying to incorporate the reforms demanded by government and the army's high command. It reveals that although many good ideas were devised, the severely overstretched army was never in aposition to act on them and that few regimental officers had the opportunity, or even the desire, to change their approach. Unable to shake-off the feeling that the army's primary purpose was to garrison and police the British Empire, it was by no means as well prepared for European continentalwarfare as many have presumed.

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The period 1902-1914 was one of great change for the British army. The experience of the South African War (1899-1902) had been a profound shock and it led to a period of intense introspection in order to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the force. As a result of a series ofinvestigations and government-led reorganisation, the...

Timothy Bowman was born and raised in Northern Ireland. His first degree was from Queen's University, Belfast and Ph.D. from the University of Luton. He taught at Queen's University, Belfast, the University of Durham, and Kings College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College before coming to Kent in 2005. He is currentl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Officer Corps2. The Other Ranks3. Training and Doctrine4. The Auxiliary Forces5. The Public Face6. The Edwardian Army and the British EmpireConclusionBibliography