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Title: Scotland at war : its conduct and the behaviour of Scottich soldiers, 1332-1357
Author: MacInnes, Iain Andrews
ISNI:       0000 0001 3615 3162
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2008
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The Second Scottish War of Independence has proved an increasingly popular subject of analysis for historians of fourteenth-century England and Scotland.  In spite of this interest, little academic analysis has been undertaken regarding the military activities of Scottish soldiers during this conflict.  This study provides the first academic analysis of the military history of Anglo-Scottish warfare during the years 1332-1357. By re-analysing the activities of Bruce Scottish troops during this phase of conflict and by establishing the context in which Bruce Scottish troops fought (why men served, who was in charge, how troops were armed), the author has attempted to establish the type of war being fought.  By analysing the behaviour of Scottish troops, the impact of the war on the people most affected by it, and the perception of war amongst both war commentators and the warriors themselves, the author has attempted to demonstrate the extent to which Scottish behaviour was in accordance with accepted contemporary norms, and the factors which were at work in controlling the activities of those who made war their occupation. Research has proven that Bruce Scottish military activities was well-organised and led either by the king or his representatives.  Bruce Scottish military actions could be fought on both small and large scale, and the ability to recover from defeat was a major facet in Scottish survival against the combined Balliol/English threat.  Although French assistance was important to the survival of David II and his commanders, Scottish survival was inherently dependent upon the outbreak of the Hundred Years War.  And Scottish conduct was consistent with English behaviour in what was, in spite of its various complications, a standard contemporary conflict.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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