The British Military Revolution of the 19th Century

The British Military Revolution of the 19th Century

Author: Daniel R. LeClair

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476674995

Category: History

Page: 287

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 From the Crimean War through the Second Boer War, the British Empire sought to solve the "Great Gun Question"--to harness improvements to ordnance, small arms, explosives and mechanization made possible by the Industrial Revolution. The British public played a surprising but overlooked role, offering myriad suggestions for improvements to the civilian-led War Office. Meanwhile, politicians and army leaders argued over control of the country's ground forces in a decades-long struggle that did not end until reforms of 1904 put the military under the Secretary of State for War. Following the debate in the press, voters put pressure on both Parliament and the War Office to modernize ordnance and military administration. The "Great Gun Question" was as much about weaponry as about who ultimately controlled military power. Drawing on ordnance committee records and contemporary news reports, this book fills a gap in the history of British military technology and army modernization prior to World War I.

India

India

Author: Kusoom Vadgama

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015047712453

Category: India

Page: 248

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No history of India's freedom movement can be complete without putting on record the contributions made by many eminent Britons to India's cause.

Empire, The Sea and Global History

Empire, The Sea and Global History

Author: David Cannadine

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: UOM:39015070712099

Category: History

Page: 184

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Between the end of the Seven Years war in 1763, and the abolition of slavery within its Empire in 1833, Britain's maritime engagement with the wider world was transformed. The essays in this book explore different aspects of that transformation, and in so doing assess the significance and complexities of Britain's maritime world in this key period, which was characterized by the contradictory and competing forces of revolution and reaction, 'liberty' and imperialism, war and peace, enlightenment and enslavement. They were originally delivered as lectures in a series jointly sponsored by the Institute of Historical Research and by the Centre for Imperial and Maritime Studies at the National Maritime Museum.