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British Soldiers, Sieges, and the Laws of War: The 1807 Siege of Montevideo


Daly, G, British Soldiers, Sieges, and the Laws of War: The 1807 Siege of Montevideo, Redcoats to Tommies: The Experience of the British Soldier from the Eighteenth Century, The Boydell Press, K Linch and M Lord (ed), Woodbridge, UK, pp. 103-119. ISBN 9781783276028 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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Whilst the British sieges of the Peninsular War (180814) have long been studied from an operational point of view, it is only in very recent years that historians have turned their attention to examining what occurred to garrisons and civilians in the aftermath of the British storms of Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz and San Sebastian. This traditional neglect of the infamous British sacks of the Peninsular War is part of a broader neglect of the history of sieges in the Revolutionary-Napoleonic era, and of the laws of war in which they were conducted. Yet sieges played a crucial role in shaping the development of customary laws of war in early modern Europe. 3 Moreover, whilst battles had well and truly supplanted sieges as the principal form of operational warfare by the time of the Napoleonic Wars sieges nevertheless remained important to military and civilian experiences of war, not only within European theatres of war, but within the European colonial sphere.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Siege of Montevideo, River Plate Campaign
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Daly, G (Dr Gavin Daly)
ID Code:149189
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2022-03-16
Last Modified:2022-04-22

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