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To Starve the Army at Pleasure: Continental Army Administration and American Political Culture, 1775-1783

Carp, E. Wayne

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ISBN 10: 080781587X / ISBN 13: 9780807815878
Published by The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1984
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Title: To Starve the Army at Pleasure: Continental ...

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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American political culture and military necessity were at odds during the War for American Independence, as demonstrated in this interpretation of Continental army administration. E. Wayne Carp shows that at every level of authority -- congressional, state, and county -- a localistic world-view, a deferential political order, and adherence to republican ideology impeded the task of supplying the army, even though independence demanded military strength.

Placing military history within the context of colonial and revolutionary historiography, Carp finds that the colonial American belief that authority and political power should be decentralized deeply influenced Congress's approach to the task of supplying the army. Furthermore, most Congressmen had neither military experience nor any idea of how to administer an army, while local governments constantly thwarted the army's efforts to obtain supplies -- they blocked impressment and interfered with the movement of food and clothing.

Carp shows that political leaders eventually adjusted their ideals to the imperatives of winning the war. He offers a revisionist analysis of the origins of the Nationalist movement of 1780-83 that was begun by army officers and state legislators fearing the imminent failure of the Revolution. Lacking unity and blinded by republican ideology, the Nationalists did not markedly improve the administration of the army. Instead, it was largely through the efforts of Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris, the cooperation of the French, and sheer luck that the British were ultimately defeated. Carp concludes that the Americans won the Revolution "in spite of, rather than because of, their political beliefs."

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"Carp's book takes its place in American Revolutionary scholarship alongside the handful of seminal works in that field . . . and establishes its author as an important historical thinker."-- American Historical Review

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