Soldiers and Strangers: An Ethnic History of the English Civil War

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Yale University Press, 2005 - History - 297 pages

The Civil War fought between Charles I and his Parliament is one of the most momentous conflicts in English history. This book provides a wholly new perspective by revealing the extent to which the struggle possessed an "ethnic" dimension, and the impact of that on the forging of English national identity.

Stoyle reveals the acute fear of foreign invasion that gripped England after 1640, when the insular English were placed on the brink of what they perceived as a national emergency. Stoyle sets the creation of the New Model Army within that context, arguing that its appearance represented the culmination of a campaign by Oliver Cromwell and others to forge a purely "English" military instrument, one purged of the foreign solders who had been so prominent in earlier Parliamentarian armies. This self-consciously "English" army eventually succeeded in wresting back control of the kingdom by defeating the king's forces, re-conquering Cornwall and Wales, and expelling all foreign agents.

 

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Contents

Before the Civil War
1
The Welsh Dimension of the English Civil War
11
The Cornish Dimension of the English
33
Foreign SoldiersofFortune in England 16421644
91
The Creation of the New Model Army
113
The Parliamentarian Reconquest of England
133
Massacre on a bridge in Ireland
146
The Parliamentarian Reconquest of Wales
153
The Clearing of the Kingdom
193
Royalist Troop Shipments from Ireland 16431646
209
Notes
223
Lord Brooke
248
Or Englands Miserye Hieroglyphically Delineated
268
Bibliography
271
Index
285
By permission of the British Library

The Parliamentarian Reconquest
173

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About the author (2005)

MARK STOYLE is reader in history at the University of Southampton. Among his books is West Britons: Cornish Identities and the Early Modern British State.

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