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By Christopher L. Scott

ISBN-10: 1472437713

ISBN-13: 9781472437716

regardless of its failure to unseat King James II, the Monmouth uprising had a profound impression upon English politics. particularly, it reignited the talk approximately even if the rustic should still depend upon a qualified military less than direct royal keep watch over or neighborhood nation militias made of part-time infantrymen. King James favoured the previous, and used feedback of the militia’s functionality through the uprising to aid his argument. modern commentators and historians alike all definitely looked as if it would agree that the king’s victory was once received even with - now not due to - the defense force. yet is that this a good judgement? Drawing upon a wealth of knowledge collected from own money owed, inner most papers, letters, monetary documents, diaries and memoirs, this e-book revisits the occasions of 1685 to evaluate the militia’s functionality in aiding to defeat the so-called ’pitchfork rebellion’. via an in depth research into the defense force itself, its social composition, function, education, armament and management the research units a benchmark for what might have been realistically anticipated of those part-time infantrymen, after which units this opposed to the particular initiatives that have been requested of it in 1685. the implications that emerge from this workout paint a truly diverse photo of the militia’s function within the uprising than has hitherto been accredited via historians. Judged through those standards, a powerful case is made that the armed forces used to be in reality a good army employer in keeping with modern expectancies and calls for made up of it. Criticisms of it, it really is argued, stem extra from political expediency than neutral judgment. in addition to being of curiosity to army and social historians, this e-book demonstrates the risks to all historians of taking at face worth modern reviews. It indicates how refined and interlocking forces, which may first and foremost look seem unrelated, can interact to color reviews of occasions and organisations.

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