British Army, 1783-1815

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Category: Humanities

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781526737991

RRP: $75.00


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The British army between 1783 and 1815 the army that fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars has received severe criticism and sometimes exaggerated praise from contemporaries and historians alike, and a balanced and perceptive reassessment of it as an institution and a fighting force is overdue. That is why this carefully considered new study by Kevin Linch is of such value. He brings together fresh perspectives on the army in one of its most tumultuous and famous eras, exploring the global range of its deployment, the varieties of soldiering it had to undertake, its close ties to the political and social situation of the time, and its complex relationship with British society and culture. In the face of huge demands on its manpower and direct military threats to the British Isles and territories across the globe, the army had to adapt. As Kevin Linch demonstrates, some changes were significant whilst others were, in the end, minor or temporary. In the process he challenges the ‘Road to Waterloo’ narrative of the army’s steady progress from the nadir of the 1780s and early 1790s, to its strong performances throughout the Peninsular War and its triumph at the Battle of Waterloo. His reassessment shows an army that was just good enough to cope with the demanding campaigns it undertook. AUTHOR: Dr Kevin Linch is Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds. He has made a special study of war, society, and culture in Georgian Britain, focusing on the armed forces and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. In addition to his many journal articles, his publications include Britain’s Soldiers: Rethinking War and Society, 1715 1815 (edited with Matthew McCormack) and Britain and Wellington’s Army. 20 b/w illustrations

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