Warrior Race: A History of the British at War

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Macmillan, 2004 M04 23 - 880 pages
Modern Britain is a nation shaped, both geographically and culturally, by wars. The essence of its identity is the warrior heroes, both real and fictitious, who still capture the national imagination: from Boadicea to King Arthur, Rob Roy to Henry V, the Duke of Wellington to Winston Churchill.

In Warrior Race, Lawrence James draws on the latest historical and archaeological research, as well as numerous previously untapped resources, to chart the full reach of British military history. He explores the physical and psychological impact of Roman military occupation, the monarchy's struggle for mastery of the British Isles, the civil wars of the seventeenth century, and the "total war" experience of twentieth-century conflict.

But Warrior Race is more than just a compelling historical narrative. James skillfully weaves together the many themes of his subject, discussing the rise, survival, and reinvention of chivalry; the literary quest for a British epic; the concept of birth and breeding as qualifications for command in war; and the issues of patriotism and Britain's antiwar tradition.

This is popular history at its very best: incisive, informative, and accessible; immaculately researched and hugely readable. Balancing the broad sweep of history with an acute attention to detail, Lawrence James never loses sight of this most fascinating and enduring of subjects: the question of British national identity and character.
 

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A bloated commemoration of the Thin Red Line over centuries of valorous—and sometimes not-so-valorous—service to the Empire.British history was made in battle, observes English historian James (The ... Read full review

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Drawing on an extensive range of resources, James (The Rise and Fall of the British Empire) offers a graphic-if somewhat anecdotal-account of the British experience of war from the time of the Roman ... Read full review

Contents

Women Gls Black Men and Evacuees 665 5 Dont Fence Me In Women Gls Black Men and Evacuees
5
Arthur and After 410800
30
A People Accustomed to be Conquered 8001100
55
Britain at War 11001603 an Overview
85
Chivalry and Command
111
Infantrymen and Technology
139
The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 163760
169
Rebellions 16601746
197
Command and Discipline
447
Survivors and Casualties
474
Women Work and Wages
501
Objections
525
Remembering
540
PART
561
Duties and Ideals 193945
594
Invasion Fears and Blitz Realities
613

North America 177583
224
Ireland
244
Patriotism and the Pursuit
269
Recruitment and Discipline
292
Command Courage and Rewards
317
Killing Dying and Surviving
338
Memories and Attitudes
367
The Nature of Total War 191418
397
Preparation For Command
426
Attrition in the
638
Command and Combat
685
Peace and Perceptions of the War
699
Cold War and Hot War 194598
727
What Next?
753
Bibliography
810
Index
839
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Lawrence James was born in Bath and was educated at the University of York and Merton College, Oxford. After a distinguished teaching career, he emerged as one of the outstanding narrative historians of this generation. His previous books include Raj and The Rise and Fall of the British Empire. He lives near St. Andrews, Scotland.

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