England in the Seven Years' War; A Study in Combined Strategy

England in the Seven Years' War; A Study in Combined Strategy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... be responsible for nothing that I do not direct," were taken hold of and harped upon with increasing resentment, and perhaps with justice and sound intuition. Under a government like our own, it is probable that any form of real combined control in war must sooner or later produce a pathological condition, so obnoxious to the constitution that either the constitution must perish or develop a paroxysm--as in one of Pitt's own fits of the gout--in which it will throw off the disease and rid itself of the morbid impurity. In Cromwell's case, the constitution was not sound enough to engender the healing paroxysm; in Marlborough's and in Pitt's it was, and with what diverse results we know. In the present case the loss was indeed great--the remedy severe--and yet, perhaps, the utmost good had been already obtained from the strong wine of Pitt's domination. Of Lord Hardwicke, the greatest of the Chancellors, it is said that during his tenure of the woolsack, he raised equity from a chaos of isolated precedents to a reasoned system. Pitt had done the same for the war, and afforded his country for all time, if she had had the wit to understand, a complete system of how to use the peculiar strength that belonged to her and to no one else. He had done so triumphantly--too triumphantly, indeed, for the security of the world--and there lay cause enough for his defeat. In his vision of England as sole mistress of the sea, he fell into an error as enticing and as fatal as that which brought the 176i ITS CAUSES 207 Grand Monarque and Napoleon to their ruin. Magnificent as was his strategy, it broke the golden rule. He pushed his action beyond the point where by drawing fresh force to the enemy it strengthens him more than it can hurt. In Pitt's defence it...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236538617
  • 9781236538611
  • 2,297,647