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Shakespeare was not exaggerating when he defined being a soldier as one of the seven ages of man. Over the early modern period, many millions of young men from the four corners of the present United Kingdom went to war, often-and most bloodily-against each other. The almost continuous fighting on land and sea for the two and one-half centuries between Bosworth and Culloden decimated lives, but created the British state and forged the nation as the world's predominant power.

In this innovative and moving book, Charles Carlton explores the glorious and terrible impact of war at the national and individual levels. Chapters alternate, providing a robust military and political narrative interlaced with accounts illuminating the personal experience of war, from recruitment to the end of battle in discharge or death. Carlton expertly charts the remarkable military developments over the period, as well as war's enduring corollaries-camaraderie, courage, fear, and grief-to give a powerful account of the profound effect of war on the British Isles and its peoples.

This seat of Mars - Charles Carlton

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Title
This seat of Mars - war and the British Isles, 1485-1746
Author
Charles Carlton
format
Hardback
Publisher
Yale University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20110819

Shakespeare was not exaggerating when he defined being a soldier as one of the seven ages of man. Over the early modern period, many millions of young men from the four corners of the present United Kingdom went to war, often-and most bloodily-against each other. The almost continuous fighting on land and sea for the two and one-half centuries between Bosworth and Culloden decimated lives, but created the British state and forged the nation as the world's predominant power.

In this innovative and moving book, Charles Carlton explores the glorious and terrible impact of war at the national and individual levels. Chapters alternate, providing a robust military and political narrative interlaced with accounts illuminating the personal experience of war, from recruitment to the end of battle in discharge or death. Carlton expertly charts the remarkable military developments over the period, as well as war's enduring corollaries-camaraderie, courage, fear, and grief-to give a powerful account of the profound effect of war on the British Isles and its peoples.

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Charles Carlton is professor emeritus of history at North Carolina State University.

"Carlton ranges from the broad view to the personal and examines nearly every aspect of British warfare during this period, but he never becomes so bogged down in the details as to lose the reader. Very readable, packed with details and abundant endnotes, this is a fine addition to British military and naval history."-D.M. Hall, Choice

Choice - D.M. Hall

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Great Britain - History, Military - 1485-1603.|Great Britain - History, Military - 1603-1714.|Great Britain - History, Military - 18th century.
Country of Publication
Connecticut
Number of Pages
332

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