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    DescriptionA 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 on the 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, and how 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 been acquainted 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.

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    War in England 1642-1649
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barbara Donagan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 734 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199565702
    ISBN 10: 0199565708

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JD
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/17CNTY
    DC22: 942.062
    BISAC V2.8: HIS031000, HIS027130
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE, HBWE, 3JD
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHWR3, NHWF
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    13 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Barbara Donagan is an independent scholar at The Huntington, California.
    Review quote
    [A] thorough, lucid and balanced account. American Historical Review It is a book whose insights should be considered and absorbed by anyone with an interest in the early modern world and in those who lived in it. Jason Peacey, Journal of British Studies
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction ; 2. Before the War ; 3. The Texture of War: the Soldier's World ; 4. Slay in Love: the Moral and Judicial Economy of the Civil War ; 5. The Protagonists ; 6. Case Histories: Two Sieges ; 7. Conclusion