The Oxford History of the British Army

The Oxford History of the British Army

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From longbow, pike, and musket to Challenger tanks, from the Napoleonic Wars to the Gulf Campaign, from the Duke of Marlborough to Field Marshal Montgomery, this stimulating and informative book recounts the history of the British army from its medieval antecedents to the present day. Commanders, campaigns, battles, organizations, and weaponry are all covered in detail within the wider context of the social, economic, and political environment in which armies exist and fight, making this the definitive one-volume history of the British army for specialists and non-specialists more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 34mm | 421.84g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 15 b&w maps
  • 0192803115
  • 9780192803115
  • 372,112

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has the advantage that each chapter can be read as a self-contained piece...excellent * Officer * a highly readable and thorough history which will both entertain and educate * Forces News * A score of admirable essays that trace the army's history from the Anglo-Saxon fyrd to the Gulf War and even a glance into the dark glass of the future. * Good Book Guide * Review from previous edition The most authoritative and comprehensive one-volume history of the British Army ever written * The Times *show more

About David Chandler

Dr David Chandler (General Editor) is a distinguished military historian with many successful books to his credit and a former head of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is President Emeritus of the British Commission for Military History, and a former Vice-President of the Commission Internationale d'Histoire Militaire. Professor Ian Beckett (Associate Editor), a former Senior Lecturer at Sandhurst, is currently Professor of Modern History at the University of Luton. He is secretary of the Army Records more

Table of contents

List of Maps ; List of Contributors ; Introduction ; 1. The English Medieval Army to 1485 ; 2. Towards the Standing Army 1485-1660 ; 3. The Restoration Army 1660-1702 ; 4. The Great Captain-General 1702-1714 ; 5. The Army of the Georges 1714-1783 ; 6. The Army and the First British Empire 1714-1783 ; 7. The Transformation of the Army 1783-1815 ; 8. An Unreformed Army? 1815-1868 ; 9. The Late Victorian Army 1868-1914 ; 10. The Army and the Challenge of War 1914-1918 ; 11. The Four Armies 1914-1918 ; 12. The Army between the Two World Wars 1918-1939 ; 13. The Army and the Challenge of War 1939-1945 ; 14. The Army and the Home Front 1939-1945 ; 15. The Post-War Army 1945-1963 ; 16. The Thirty Years Peace ; 17. The Army of British India ; 18. The Amateur Military Tradition ; 19. The British Way in Warfare ; 20. Towards the Future ; Chronology ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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