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Title: The Armies
Authors: Hopper, Andrew J.
First Published: Mar-2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Hopper, A, The Armies, ed. Braddick, M, 'The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution', Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 260-275 (15)
Abstract: This chapter suggests ways in which the military history of the civil war might be developed and widened to win over new audiences. It examines the social profile and composition of armies in the three kingdoms, the nature of soldiers’ recruitment and mobilization, along with their finance and supply. It explores how armies influenced politics, often feeding their grievances into factional politics, side-changing and infighting within both parliamentarian and royalist coalitions. It points to new directions for future research such as developing understanding of how the historical landscape influenced campaigning and battlefield encounters, as well as the provision of welfare for soldiers and their widows. It connects the identity of the rank and file to their battlefield performance and the strategies available to their commanders, demanding a greater appreciation of how the mobilization of resources was related to success on the battlefield.
DOI Link: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199695898.013.015
ISBN: 9780199695898
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © Oxford University Press 2015. All rights reserved. This material was originally published in The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution edited by Braddick M, and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press ; For permission to reuse this material, please visit
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