Respectable Army The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789

ISBN-10: 0882952390
ISBN-13: 9780882952390
Edition: 2nd 2006
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List price: $22.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

When the first edition of this highly successful volume appeared in 1982, the proponents of the 'new' military history were just gaining full momentum. This group of scholars sought to reach beyond the traditional focus of military studies -- the flow of guns, combat, and tactics that influenced the immediate outcome of battles and martial conflicts, often with little reference to broader historical contexts. Believing that one cannot fully appreciate the Revolution without reckoning with the War for Independence and its influence in the shaping of the new American republic, Martin and Lender moved beyond the deeply ingrained national mythology about the essence of the war effort, so neatly personified by the imagery of the embattled freehold farmer as the quintessential warrior of the Revolution. Then they broke with tradition again by integrating -- instead of keeping separate -- the fascinating history of the real Continental army into the mainstream of writing about the nation making experience of the United States. In the process of revising their now-classic text, Martin and Lender drew on their own work as well as the invaluable outpouring of new scholarship that has emerged over the course of the last two decades. Wherever necessary, they questioned previous arguments and conclusions to render a meaningful new edition that is certain to receive the same kind of positive reception -- and widespread acceptance -- enjoyed by its predecessor. Also new to the second edition is a new map, a bank of illustrations, a Note on Revolutionary War History and Historiography, and a fully revamped Bibliographical Essay, making A Respectable Army essential reading for anyone enrolled in the US history survey or specialised courses in colonial or military history or the American Revolution.

Foreword
Preface
Of Lexington and Concord, and the Myths if the War, 1763—1775
Lexington and Concord
Of Standing Armies (Power) and Militia (Liberty)
Ideological Transmission
The Provincial Militia Tradition
The Tyranny of Standing Armies
Notes
The Republican War, 1775—1776
A Republican Order as the Goal
Regulars Versus Republicans: The British at Bay
The Adoption of a Continental Army
The British Military Counterthrust
The new York Campaign
Success and Failure
Notes
Toward an American Standing Army, 1776—1777
The Nature of the Continental Army
A New Model Army
William Howe’s Campaign of 1777
The Saratoga Campaign
The American Search for Manpower
The Old Myth and The New Soldiery
Notes
On and Off the Road Despair, 1777—1779
Valley Forge
Mounting Anger in the Officer Corps
Tables Turned: new Life for the Cause
The British Dispersal of 1778
Growing Internal Division: Army and Society
Notes
Moral Defeat and Military Turnabout, 1779—1781
Dispersed Warfare
Patriot Naval Exploits
Financial Morass on the Home Front
The War in the Southern States
Treason, Pensions, and Mutinies
Sudden Turnabout: The Road to Yorktown
Notes
Of War, National Legitimacy, and the Republican Order, 1781—1789
The Yorktown Campaign
Formulating a Peace Settlement
The Newburgh Conspiracy
Transition to a Postwar World
Myth and Tradition: A Political/Military Settlement
Notes
A Note on Revolutionary War History and Historiography
Index
Maps
Northern Campaigns
Southern Campaigns
Clark’s Western Campaigns, 1778—1779

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