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The Army in Cromwellian England, 1649-1660

Henry Reece


From 1649–1660 England was ruled by a standing army for the only time in its history. The nature of that military rule was far more complex and nuanced than has traditionally been appreciated. This book describes the nature of that rule, both for members of the army and for civilian society. The first part of the book describes the character of the army by looking at the life that officers and soldiers led, the promotion structure, and the ways in which political engagement changed to provide a sense of the day-to-day reality of being part of a standing army. The second part of the book consid ... More

Keywords: standing army, political engagement, military presence, officers, soldiers, Cromwell; major-generals, Commonwealth, restoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198200635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Reece, author
Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford; Honorary Fellow, St John's College, Oxford