A Respectable Army

A Respectable Army : The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789

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A fully revised and updated third edition of the most established and innovative historical analysis of the Continental Army and its role in the formation of the new republic. * Written by two experts in the field of early U.S. history * Includes fully updated coverage of the military, political, social, and cultural history of the Revolution * Features maps, illustrations, a Note on Revolutionary War History and Historiography, and a fully revamped Bibliographical Essay * Fully established as an essential resource for courses ranging from A.P. U.S. history to graduate seminars on the American Revolution
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 141 x 216 x 12mm | 294g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3rd Edition
  • 111892388X
  • 9781118923887
  • 2,069,390

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"This new edition of a landmark study incorporates the latest scholarship on the Revolutionary War, and presents the conflict in a unified and accessible manner. It is vital to any comprehensive understanding of America's definitive conflict."



Edward G. Lengel, Professor and Director, Papers of George Washington, University of Virginia



" 'A Respectable Army' is an insightful, well-written account of the enduring legacy of America's war of independence. The authors have done a wonderful job turning their research into an immensely readable narrative."



Terry Golway, Director, Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy



"There can be no finer introduction to the military history of the American Revolution and the character of the Continental Army than this classic study."



David L. Preston, Professor of History, The Citadel



Now available in a revised and updated third edition, "A Respectable Army" challenges the iconic mythology of the embattled freehold farmer as the quintessential warrior of the Revolution by presenting the fascinating history of the real Continental army and its role in the formation of the new republic.
Through revising this now-classic text, Martin and Lender have compiled the most up-to-date synthesis of historical literature on the period. The third edition also includes maps, illustrations, and a Note on Revolutionary War History and Historiography, a jumping-off point for further research.



"A Respectable Army" will be essential reading for students enrolled in the first half of a survey of U.S. History or specialized courses in the American Revolution or U.S. Colonial or Military History, as well as anyone interested in better understanding the true convictions and motivations of the men and women who composed Washington's Continental Army.
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Table of contents

List of illustrations ix Preface x 1 Of Lexington and Concord, and the Myths of the War, 1763 1775 1 Lexington and Concord 1 Of Standing Armies (Power) and Militia (Liberty) 5 Ideological Transmission 9 The Provincial Militia Tradition 14 The Tyranny of Standing Armies 19 Notes 27 2 The Republican War, 1775 1776 29 A Republican Order as the Goal 29 Regulars Versus Republicans: The British at Bay 33 The Adoption of a Continental Army 39 The British Military Counterthrust 47 The New York Campaign 52 Success and Failure 61 Notes 64 3 Toward an American Standing Army, 1776 1777 66 The Nature of the Continental Army 66 A New Model Rebel Army 70 William Howe s Campaign of 1777 78 The Saratoga Campaign 83 The American Search for Manpower 87 The Old Myth and the New Soldiery 97 Notes 99 4 On and Off the Road of Despair, 1777 1779 102 Valley Forge 102 Mounting Anger in the Officer Corps 106 Tables Turned: New Life for the Cause 113 The British Dispersal of 1778 120 Growing Internal Division: Army and Society 127 Notes 136 5 Moral Defeat and Military Turnabout, 1779 1781 139 Dispersed Warfare 139 Patriot Naval Exploits 146 Financial Morass on the Home Front 151 The War in the Southern States 157 Treason, Pensions, and Mutinies 164 Sudden Turnabout: The Road to Yorktown 171 Notes 176 6 Of War, National Legitimacy, and the Republican Order, 1781 1789 179 The Yorktown Campaign 179 Formulating a Peace Settlement 187 The Newburgh Conspiracy 194 Transition to a Postwar World 202 Myth and Tradition: A Political/Military Settlement 210 Notes 217 A Note on Revolutionary War History and Historiography 219 Index 232
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"This new edition of a landmark study incorporates the latest scholarship on the Revolutionary War, and presents the conflict in a unified and accessible manner. It is vital to any comprehensive understanding of America's definitive conflict."
Edward G. Lengel , Professor and Director, Papers of George Washington, University of Virginia
"A Respectable Army is an insightful, well-written account of the enduring legacy of America's war of independence. The authors have done a wonderful job turning their research into an immensely readable narrative."
Terry Golway, Director, Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy
"There can be no finer introduction to the military history of the American Revolution and the character of the Continental Army than this classic study."
David L. Preston, Professor of History, The Citadel
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About James Kirby Martin

James Kirby Martin is Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History at the University of Houston. He has written seven books, including Ordinary Courage: The Revolutionary War Adventure of Joseph Plumb Martin (4 th edition, 2012) and Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered (2000). In addition to his scholarly work, Martin has advised and appeared on television programs airing on the History Channel and has recently begun a successful foray into feature film scriptwriting. Mark Edward Lender is Professor Emeritus of History at Kean University. He is the author or editor of several books, including This Honorable Court : The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1789 2000 (2006) and Drinking in America: A History (with James Kirby Martin, 2 nd edition, 1987). Lender is the recipient of the McCormick, Cincinnati, Keller, and Booth Prizes, as well as the Richard J. Hughes Award, the highest honor granted by the New Jersey Historical Commission.
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