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Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman

(1860—1946) historian


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(1860–1946), British historian. Born in colonial India, Oman was sent to England to be educated. He developed a wide range of interests, extending from the ancient world through medievalism to Welsh castles, coins, and 19th-century historical topics. Elected to a fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, in 1883, he was to publish several diverse books, among them The Art of War in the Middle Ages and The Art of War in the 16th century. He is principally remembered for his vast and authoritative A History of the Peninsular War (7 vols., Oxford 1902–30), with which military history in the form of pure campaign narrative reached its apogee.

From The Oxford Companion to Military History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Military History.


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