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Roundhead general : the campaigns of Sir William Waller /
John Adair.
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 1997.
x, 310 p., [8] p. of plates. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
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Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 1997.
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Rev. ed. of: Roundhead general: a military biography of Sir William Waller. London : Macdonald, 1969.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 298-306) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-12:
It took the discipline of the New Model Army to defeat the King in the English Civil War. Why it was needed becomes apparent in Adair's study of Sir William Waller, a reasonably successful Parliamentary general during the early phases of the war. Faced as he was with an unclear chain of command, political disagreements over how the war should be waged, and disciplinary problems abetted by Parliament's failure to supply troops adequately or pay them regularly, Waller's successes against Royalist troops are impressive. But he was essentially a political moderate who would suffer in the increasingly polarized atmosphere of civil war and be cast aside in favor of more militant voices, Oliver Cromwell among them. Purged from Parliament, exiled, and later imprisoned, Waller lived to see the Restoration, a vindication of his moderate policies, though by then he was a nearly forgotten man. Adair emphasizes military aspects but provides sufficient detail of Waller to reveal an interesting life. Recommended for graduate collections. J. W. Weingart; Whitman College
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