Quotation by J.F.C. Fuller

The War of the Roses in England and the Civil War in America were both intestinal conflicts arising out of similar ideas. In the first the clash was between feudalism and the new economic order; in the second, between an agricultural society and a new industrial one. Both led to similar ends; the first to the founding of the English nation, and the second to the founding of the American. Both were strangely interlinked; for it was men of the old military and not of the new economic mind—men, such as Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Walter Raleigh—who founded the English colonies in America.
J.F.C. Fuller (1878–1966), British military historian. Grant and Lee: A Study in Personality and Generalship, ch. 1, Indiana University Press (1957).
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