Review by Ron Granieri of my Imperial Legacies: The British Empire Around the World for NYMAS and published on StrategyPage website.
HOW THE ARMY MADE BRITAIN A GLOBAL POWER 1688–1815
An examination of how and why the British Army became a world-operating force, able to beat varied enemies. This book offers a new perspective on the crucial part of the British Army in making Britain a global power.
- Covers the role of the army as opposed to the navy in Britain’s rise.
- Looks at the nature of British military success and Generalship from Marlborough to Wellington.
- Uses a wide range of archival material.
- Offers a global coverage of the British army at the time and handles every level of war, from tactical to strategic, weaponry to politics.
Between 1760 and 1815, British troops campaigned from Manila to Montreal, Cape Town to Copenhagen, Washington to Waterloo. The naval dimension of Britain’s expansion has been superbly covered by a number of excellent studies, but there has not been a single volume that does the same for the army and, in particular, looks at how and why it became a world-operating force, one capable of beating the Marathas as well as the French. This book will offer a new perspective, one that concentrates on the global role of the army and its central part in imperial expansion and preservation, and as such will be a major book for military history and world history. There will be a focus on what the army brought to power equations and how this made it a world-level force.
The book aims to further address the question of how this army was achieved despite the strong anti-army ideology/practice derived from the hostile response to Oliver Cromwell and to James II.
JUNE 2021 • 9781952715082 • HARDBACK • £55.00
From the Great Exhibition’s showcasing of British national achievement in 1851 to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Stratford in 2012 and on to Brexit, an insightful exploration of the transformation of modern Britain
This revised and updated fourth and final volume in the concise Brief History of Britain series begins in the specially-constructed Crystal Palace, three times the length of St Paul’s Cathedral, in Hyde Park at the beginning of the second half of the nineteenth century. The Great Exhibition it housed marked a high point of British national achievement, at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, at the heart of a great empire, with Queen Victoria still to reign for fifty years. It was a time of confidence in the future, and exuberant patriotism for Britain’s role in it.