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From A General History of Sieges and Battles, By Sea and Land… (1762), vol. 1, To the Public:

“The common method of writing the history of all nations is generally slow and tedious, mixed with many things uninteresting and unentertaining; and the reader is commonly led through a disagreeable and ill-digested series of matters, seldom pleased, and often left in the dark, as to the main end for which he reads. The design, therefore, of this undertaking is, by passing over the cabals of statesmen, and other less important matters, at once to introduce the reader to the review of those things that are of the utmost importance, and on which the fate of kingdoms have, and always will, turn. These we apprehend to be SIEGES AND BATTLES, of which we shall present our readers with the most satisfactory account.”


3 responses to “No comment”

  1. Gene Hughson says :

    The 18th Century version of “if it bleeds, it leads”?

  2. Björn Thegeby says :

    ..or “The Great Book of Battles for Boys”?

  3. Mark Danley says :

    Well, even the more voluminous and super-wordy eighteenth-century histories of England (e.g. those by Oldmixon, Rapin de Thoyras, et. al.) may indeed have been full of tedious explanations of the “cabals of statesmen” but they actually were pretty good at narrative military history. Some even had some analysis!

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