War in England 1642-1649
The book deals even-handedly with royalists and parliamentarians, examining how much they had in common, as well as discussing the points on which they differed. It looks at the intimacy of this often uncivil war, in which enemies fought at close quarters, spoke the same language and had often been acquainted before the war began, just as they had often known the civilians who suffered their presence. A final section on two sieges illustrates these themes in practice over extended periods, and also demonstrates the integration of military and civilian experience in a civil war.
Drawing extensively on primary sources, Donagan's study illuminates the human cost of war and its effect on society, both in our own day as well as in the seventeenth century.
[A] thorough, lucid and balanced account. (American Historical Review)[a] fine and deeply researched study (Anthony Fletcher, History Today)A very good book... written with an enviable lucidity and calm authority (John Morrill, Times Higher Education Supplement)Donagan's War in England 1642-1649 is the first really systematic treatment of the military culture of the Civil War, seen from within: a study of what the war was like to live through for the men who did the fighting. It is likely to be definitive on these questions. (Michael Braddick, TLS)
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