War in England 1642-1649 by Barbara DonaganWar in England 1642-1649 by Barbara Donagan

War in England 1642-1649

byBarbara Donagan

Paperback | March 15, 2010

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A fresh approach to the English civil war, War in England 1642-1649 focuses on answering a misleadingly simple question: what kind of war was it to live through? Eschewing descriptions of specific battles or analyses of political and religious developments, Barbara Donagan examines the'texture' of war, addressing questions such as: what did Englishmen and women believe about war and know about its practice before 1642? What were the conditions in which a soldier fought - for example, how efficient was his musket (not very), and how did he know where he was going (much depended onthe reliability of scouts and spies)? What were the rules that were supposed to govern conduct in war, and how were they enforced (by a combination of professional peer pressure and severe but discretionary army discipline and courts martial)? What were the officers and men of the armies like, andhow well did they fight?The book deals even-handedly with royalists and parliamentarians, examining how much they had in common, as well as discussing the points on which they differed. It looks at the intimacy of this often uncivil war, in which enemies fought at close quarters, spoke the same language and had often beenacquainted before the war began, just as they had often known the civilians who suffered their presence. A final section on two sieges illustrates these themes in practice over extended periods, and also demonstrates the integration of military and civilian experience in a civil war.Drawing extensively on primary sources, Donagan's study illuminates the human cost of war and its effect on society, both in our own day as well as in the seventeenth century.
Barbara Donagan is an independent scholar at The Huntington Library in California.
Title:War in England 1642-1649Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pagesPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199565708

ISBN - 13:9780199565702


Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Before the War3. The Texture of War: the Soldier's World4. Slay in Love: the Moral and Judicial Economy of the Civil War5. The Protagonists6. Case Histories: Two Sieges7. Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

"A very good book... written with an enviable lucidity and calm authority" --John Morrill, Times Higher Education Supplement 22/07/2008