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The paper looks at how James Kirby Martin and Mark Edwards Lender in their book "A Respectable Army" attempt to dispel the myth of the volunteer militia army winning the Revolutionary War. The paper shows how these authors argue that it was the Continental Army, whose soldiers were paid, who fought and won the war. The paper notes the many strengths and few weaknesses of this work, and concludes that while not all historians agree with this interpretation of the Revolutionary War, this book will certainly lead to a reevaluation of this period of time.
From the Paper:"James Kirby Martin has made a respected career out of disagreeing with established history and providing compelling reevaluations of perceived historical trends. In 1998, he was awarded the Homer D. Babbidge Award by the Society for the Study of Connecticut History for his book Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered, and A Respectable Army itself was placed on the U.S. Army's reading list. His attraction to controversy extends into other aspects of his research; his current projects and ongoing interests include research into the history of American smoking, drinking, and drug culture. Early American history through the Revolution is his specialty, however, and this book clearly demonstrates his prowess in the area. His partner in this effort, Mark Edwards Lender, was a previous collaborator on Drinking in America: A History, so the tastes of the two men were obviously aligned. Lender also bears a particular interest in Revolutionary military and social history, both of which play heavily in this lucid rendering of the Revolutionary War."
Sample of Sources Used:
- James Kirby Martin and Mark Edwards Lender. A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789. Arlington Heights: Harlan Davidson, 1982.
Cite this Book Review:
Who Fought in the American Revolutionary War? (2010, November 30) Retrieved August 13, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/who-fought-in-the-american-revolutionary-war-145865/
"Who Fought in the American Revolutionary War?" 30 November 2010. Web. 13 August. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/who-fought-in-the-american-revolutionary-war-145865/>