Samuel Johnson's Military Writings
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This thesis contends that a consistent pattern of thought unites Johnsons moral and philological compositions the Rambler and Idler essays, the Sermons with his military writings--those works that have as their subjects soldiers or warfare. Specifically, the essay demonstrates how he embodies five moral concepts in his military pieces, most of which are periodical contributions such as The Bravery of the English Common Soldiers and The Life of Admiral Blake. Chapters one through three successively discuss the moral goods of charity, courage, and subordination. Chapter four examines the vices of pride and idleness. In each chapter, the given moral concept is defined by various citations from Johnsons works. His military writings are then shown to represent concrete expressions of each moral principle.
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics