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Author Gruber, Ira D
Title Books and the British Army in the Age of the American Revolution
Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2010
©2010
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Descript 1 online resource (340 pages)
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- INTRODUCTION: A French Connection -- PART I: Officers and Their Books -- PART II: Books Preferred -- PART III: Books Not Taken -- Appendixes -- Bibliography of Manuscripts, Catalogues, and Scholarly Works -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- V -- W -- X
Historians have long understood that books were important to the British army in defining the duties of its officers, regulating tactics, developing the art of war, and recording the history of campaigns and commanders. Now, in this groundbreaking analysis, Ira D. Gruber identifies which among over nine hundred books on war were considered most important by British officers and how those books might have affected the army from one era to another. By examining the preferences of some forty-two officers who served between the War of the Spanish Succession and the French Revolution, Gruber shows that by the middle of the eighteenth century British officers were discriminating in their choices of books on war and, further, that their emerging preference for Continental books affected their understanding of warfare and their conduct of operations in the American Revolution. In their increasing enthusiasm for books on war, Gruber concludes, British officers were laying the foundation for the nineteenth-century professionalization of their nation's officer corps. Gruber's analysis is enhanced with detailed and comprehensive bibliographies and tables
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Gruber, Ira D. Books and the British Army in the Age of the American Revolution Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press,c2010 9781469622156
Subject Great Britain. -- Army -- Officers -- Books and reading.;Great Britain. -- Army -- Officers -- History -- 18th century.;Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.;Military art and science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.;United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- British forces
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