This Seat of Mars
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The British state, as it came to be, was shaped by war. This immensely readable history follows three centuries of conflict at home and abroad, tracing its territorial, social and economic consequences. From Flodden through the Civil War to the second Jacobite uprising, it looks at how wars were funded, and how armies were levied, fed and supplied. Packed with detail and anecdote, it also charts the impact of war on both individuals and the structure of society.