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The English Civil Wars 1642-1651

The English Civil Wars 1642-1651

Paperback Essential Histories (Osprey Publishing)

By (author) Peter Gaunt

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 244mm x 10mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 22 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841764175
  • ISBN 13: 9781841764177
  • Illustrations note: 26 colour & 25 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 286,326

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The period 1642-1651 was one of the most turbulent points in English history. Focusing on the English and Welsh wars and experiences, this book examines the causes, course and consequences of the conflicts. While offering a concise military account, Dr Gaunt draws on the breadth of current scholarship and interpretation to provide a full assessment of the severity of the conflict and the true extent of the impact on civilian life, highlighting areas of continued historical debate. The book also includes personal experiences and biographies of key players, to provide a comprehensive and fascinating account.

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Author information

Dr Peter Gaunt is Reader in History at Chester College, a College of the University of Liverpool. He has published widely on the military, political and constitutional history of mid-seventeenth century England, including 'The British Wars' (Routledge, 1997), and a full length biography of Oliver Cromwell ('Oliver Cromwell', Blackwell, 1996). Peter Gaunt is Chairman of the The Cromwell Association and editor of the annual journal Cromwelliana.

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Essential Histories are remarkably effective in presenting military events in the wider contexts of the new military history.

Table of contents

Introduction - Chronology - Background to war - Warring sides - Outbreak - The fighting - Portrait of a soldier - The world around war - Portrait of a civilian - How the war ended - Conclusion and consequences