By Hew Strachan
This can be the 1st actually definitive background of the 1st global battle, the warfare that has performed such a lot to form the 20th century. the 1st new release of its historians had entry to simply a restricted diversity of resources, and their concentration was once totally on army occasions. more moderen ways have embraced cultural, diplomatic, fiscal, and social background. In Hew Strachan's authoritative and readable background those clean views are integrated with the army and strategic narrative. the result's an account that breaks the boundaries of nationwide preoccupations to develop into either worldwide and comparative.
To hands, the 1st of 3 volumes during this magisterial learn, examines not just the explanations of the battle and its commencing clashes on land and sea, but additionally the guidelines that underpinned it, and the motivations of the folk who supported it. It presents complete and pioneering money owed of the war's funds, of the warfare in Africa, and of the critical Powers' bid to widen the warfare outdoor Europe.
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They enjoyed a share, but not a monopoly, of regalian dues, and they regularly attended the king’s court. In addition, and perhaps most striking of all, the size and structure of late Anglo-Saxon earldoms was unstable, being subject to rapid and radical change at the will of the king and his counsellors. In short, earls never enjoyed a monopoly over the kingdom’s formal power structures; nor were they able to undermine them, or replace them with informal power structures of their own. In these respects, the experiences of late Anglo-Saxon earls were strikingly different from that of their continental counterparts, the dukes and counts of post-Carolingian Francia.
520–1; EER, 38–40; Adam of Bremen, Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontiﬁcum, in Quellen des 9. und 11. Jahrhunderts zur Geschichte der Hamburgischen Kirche und des Reiches, ed. W. Trillmich and R.
Lfwine 29’; A. Williams, ‘Princeps Merciorum Gentis: the Family, Career and Connections of Ælfhere, Ealdorman of Mercia 956–83’, ASE 10 (1982), 143–72, at 144, 147 n. 21, 161, 171 n. 138. ³ S 880, 881. n. n. ‘Leofwine 52’. Both Ealdorman Leofwine and the thegn of that name subscribe S 880. ⁵ S 891. The Hwicce was an independent kingdom until eclipsed by the expansion of Mercia in the eighth century. During the late Anglo-Saxon period, it formed the territorial basis of the diocese of Worcester comprising roughly Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and part of Warwickshire: see D.