In 1689 the English Army changed its role and direction. A coercive, political force under James II, it was now purged of suspect personnel, rapidly augmented and entered a major European war for the first time in nearly a century. The political and ...
social system was unable to cope, and the resulting tensions between the Army and the political establishment became key features of William III. This third volume in John Child's study of the social and political history of the Army from 1660 onwards deals with civil-military relations and the role of the Army in politics whilst discussing Army and regimental administration, the nature of the officer corps and the profile of the common soldier. It will be of interest to historians of the later 17th century, military, social or political.