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Title: An Eighteenth-Century Secretary of War: The Papers of William, Viscount Barrington. Publications of the Army Records Society Vol. 4.
Description: Bodley Head / Army Records Society, London, 1988, first edition.. 418 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0370312279 Color portrait frontispiece. "Viscount Barrington served as Secretary at War under George II and George III from 1755 to 1778, with only a few years' interval during which he held other offices of state. The collection of documents presented in this volume is designed to show how the War Office worked during the incumbency of this unusually conscientious and effective minister, and throws a remarkable light on an i m p o r t a n t area of eighteenth-century history and on the way in which public policy and administration were connected. Why, for example, was the War Office organized and managed in the way it was? Why was its incumbent furnished with a bri ef i n re al it y so i m portant and yet technically so restricted in its public responsibility? Was he really (as he often claimed) without power? Or, if he did have power, of what sort was it? How successfully could any one man deal with a ro le whi ch re qui red h im at ti mes to perform as an official in a department, at others as a courtier and confidential secretary to a monarch, and at others as a spokesman in Parliament, as well as composing quarrels within the army, and between the arm y a nd t he p ubli c? Al tho ugh there can be no complete solution to these problems, either for an eighteenth-century Secretary of War or for a twentieth-century historian, this collection, divided up thematically to illustrate the varie d re spons ibil ites borne by t he War Offi ce, provides material for a better understanding of them." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, tiny dint on top edge of front board, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrin kling - mai nly at to p/bo ttom of s pine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+.

Keywords: Army, United States of America, Regiments, Barrington, Secretary of State, War, Treasury, Administration, Ireland, Duke Cumberland, King George Ii, Iii, Thomas Newcastle, Purchase System, Promotion, Pay, Subsistence, Riots, West Indies.

Price: US$ 35.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 18618

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