War and Society in the Seventeenth Century

War and Society in the Seventeenth Century

War and Society in the Seventeenth Century

War and Society in the Seventeenth Century

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The first four lectures in this volume are the Wiles Lectures delivered in the Queen's University of Belfast in October 1956. To the Trustees of this foundation I owe deep gratitude, not only for the opportunity of giving the lectures, but for much kindness and hospitality during my visit. That I found the occasion not only enjoyable but impressive was due to the founder of the Trust, Mrs Austin Boyd, to Sir Eric Ashby, Vice-Chancellor of the Queen's University, and to Professor Michael Roberts, its Professor of Modern History. The last lecture was honoured by the presence of the Governor of Northern Ireland, Lord Wakehurst.

In accordance with the terms of the Trust a number of scholars were invited to the lectures and took part in discussions which followed them. Besides the members of the University History Department and other members of the University staff, there were nine visitors, Professor T. W. Moody, of Trinity College, Dublin; Professor J. Lough of Durham; Professor F. J. Fisher, of the London School of Economics; Dr G. A. Hayes-McCoy, of the National Museum, Dublin; Mr S. H. F. Johnston, of University College, Aberystwyth; Dr F. L. Carsten, of Westfield College; Mr John Ehrman; Mr Peter Laslett, of Trinity College, Cambridge; and Mr H. F. Kearney, of University College, Dublin. The discussions were lively and general; I hope the participants will recognize from the printed text how much I learnt from them, and I must record my sincere thanks.

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