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Daniel P. Marston is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

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Australian National University
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Daniel Marston BA MA (McGill) DPhil (Oxon.) FRHistS holds a Professorship in Military Studies and is also the Principal of the Military and Defence Studies Program at the Australian Command & Staff College in Canberra. He previously held the Ike Skelton Distinguished Chair of the Art of War at the US Army Command and General Staff College. He has been a Research Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War and the Multi-National National Forces—Iraq COIN Center for Excellence in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been advising the USA, USMC, British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2006. His research focuses on the topic of how armies learn and reform. His first book Phoenix from the Ashes, an in-depth assessment of how the British/Indian Army turned defeat into victory in the Burma campaign of the Second World War, won the Field Marshal Templer Medal Book Prize in 2003. He completed his doctorate in the history of war at Balliol College, Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.



Essential Histories mission statesmen of providing a concise history of major conflicts through time and Marston delivers this with his history of the American Revolution. Starting with the causes for the war ranging from the change in Britons government to the tax acts raised on the colonists to pay for the troops need to occupy the America territory Briton had won from the French in the Seven Years War (the American theater was known as the French Indian War). Marston then goes into the composition of the combatants on the eve of the war were he also pays attention to the Hessian, French and Spanish forces which are often neglected in telling of the war. After that he goes into the fighting of the war from 1775-1783 starting with the naval action through those years in one section reasoning that as there were no decisive actions and any victory was local that only a small section was needed.

The land war is what takes up most of the book with each year its own section that is further subdivided into the New England campaign, Middle Atlantic, Southern and outside of the colony's. This is the one thing that I particularly liked about this book in that Marston gives time to the European, West Indies, Florida, and India fronts of the war that although did not have direct American participation but where key points in leading to the British defeat as they had to draw troops and the navy away from America to protect the home island and other possessions which intern lightened the load on the Americans.

As with all books in the series they also look at a soldier, in this case a New England regular and a citizen, in this case a loyalist from Boston to give additional perspective to the war. The soldier section was alright but i thought it didn't really add anything to the book that wasn't already covered. However, I did like the citizen section as it was able to show how a loyalist viewed the patriots and how misinformation about the fighting could easily happen. The book end with the peace treaty that ended the war and the outcome for all parties involved. which for most was the retention of prewar borders and with most in debt. I found it particularly interesting that the French at the end were in debt to the amount of 3,315.1 million livres while for the British it only cost them 12 million pounds a year during the war. It is easy to so how this debt that France incurred funding us during the war could be one of the factors that led to the French Revolution a few years later. Overall I found this take on the war every good as a refreshing and praise it for including all the combatants and looking at the fighting around the world.
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bakabaka84 | Oct 10, 2011 |
Though a little on the dry side, this is a concise & scrupulous account of the Enlightenment's central military conflict.
SkjaldOfBorea | Nov 11, 2010 |
An analysis of the virtual revolution that changed Britain's Indian army from being a colonial police force at the start of World War II into an effective field force capable of the most sophisticated of operations by the end of the war. Marston bases his study on a sample of Indian batallions, most of which were subject to the early Indianization of the their officer cadres, and then follows them through the British campaigns in Burma, thus tracking how the changes in personnel policy (Indianization, recruitment of soldiers not of the "martial" races, etc.) and doctrine (specialized jungle tactics, modern logistics, mechanization, etc.) played out. If not quite in the league of "Churchill's Army" it does make a good companion to that study.… (mer)
Shrike58 | Oct 14, 2008 |
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