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An Apprenticeship in Arms: The Origins of the British Army 1585-1702

Roger B. Manning


This book examines the military experiences of peers and gentlemen from the British Isles who volunteered to fight in the religious and dynastic wars of mainland Europe, as well as the ordinary men who were impressed to serve in the ranks, from the time of the English intervention in the Dutch war of independence to the death of the soldier-king William III in 1702. The apprenticeship in arms exposed these men to the technological innovations of the military revolution, laid the foundations for a professional officer class based upon merit, established a fund of military expertise, and helped ... More

Keywords: remilitarization, military revolution, professionalization, social heirachies, military hierarchies, discipline, militias, standing armies, identity, impressment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261499
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger B. Manning, author
Professor of History (Emeritus), Cleveland State University