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A Standing Army

Henry Reece

in The Army in Cromwellian England, 1649-1660

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780198200635
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746284 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200635.003.0002
A Standing Army

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This chapter provides a snapshot of the standing army of the 1650s: what kind of institution it was and how it changed during the Interregnum. The opening section looks at the changing size of the army in England. The next part highlights the ease of recruitment and the competition for places in the army, and this is followed by a survey of the attractions of service. The section on military life discusses how officers and soldiers spent their time, how they balanced professional and family demands, and how well-developed was their sense of the army as a separate institution, and of themselves as part of it. The chapter concludes by trying to establish how long men served, and what that reveals about the changing nature of the army from the late 1640s to the late 1650s.

Keywords: standing army; officers; soldiers; size; recruitment; attractions of service; military life; length of service

Chapter.  7785 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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