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The Continental Army and ‘Military Europe’: Professionalism and Restraint in the American War of Independence

Chandler, J; (2020) The Continental Army and ‘Military Europe’: Professionalism and Restraint in the American War of Independence. War in History 10.1177/0968344520913594. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Most historians now agree that the United States won its independence not with citizen-soldiers but through the exertions of a small coterie of hardened military professionals. These men fought for eight years in George Washington’s Continental Army which, these historians maintain, was fundamentally different from contemporary European institutions. This article argues that this distinction is largely overstated. Continental officers and soldiers considered themselves as members of a military community which traversed national and institutional boundaries. Their adherence to a set of common norms, customs, and behaviours suggests that, far from unique, the Continental Army was an extension of ‘Military Europe’.

Type: Article
Title: The Continental Army and ‘Military Europe’: Professionalism and Restraint in the American War of Independence
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0968344520913594
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0968344520913594
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2020. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10118206
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