The American Revolution in "A Respectable Army"
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This paper, which reviews and analyzes James Kirby Martin and Mark Edward Lender's book "A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic 1763-1789" debunks popular myths about the leaders and fighters of the American Revolution. The paper describes our popular beliefs about the American revolution, then cites the book to show how these are untrue. The qualifications of the authors are presented at length. Various battles of the American Revolution as also discussed, again pointing out myth versus fact. The paper concludes by further asserting that what exists of the historical evidence of the period does not support the idea that the noble, unprofessional soldiers known as minutemen led the American fight for liberty.
From the Paper:"The authors are uniquely qualified as a duo to write this military and cultural history, given that one has a background primarily in Revolutionary and colonial studies, the other in military history. Both men have collaborated before on histories of the period. James Kirby Martin is a Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Houston, Texas. According to the university's history department website, Martin is a specialist in Colonial and Revolutionary American studies, and has authored many works 18th century America, most of which focus on the intersection of social and political history, such as Drinking in America: A History, 1620-1980, which he also wrote in conjunction with Mark Edward Lender. According to the Kean University website, Lender is a specialist in military history at Kean University but he also has a background in colonial social history which infuses his work beyond studies of mere military tactics."
Sample of Sources Used:
- James Kirby Martin and Mark Edward Lender. A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789. Arlington Heights, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, 1982.
Cite this Book Review:
The American Revolution in "A Respectable Army" (2010, July 26) Retrieved September 28, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-american-revolution-in-a-respectable-army-128529/
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