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Little Wars

By Wells, Herbert George

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Book Id: WPLBN0000164950
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Little Wars  
Author: Wells, Herbert George
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Wells, H. G. (n.d.). Little Wars. Retrieved from http://www.worldlibrary.org/


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LITTLE WARS is the game of kings—for players in an inferior social position. It can be played by boys of every age from twelve to one hundred and fifty—and even later if the limbs remain sufficiently supple—by girls of the better sort, and by a few rare and gifted women. This is to be a full History of Little Wars from its recorded and authenticated beginning until the present time, an account of how to make little warfare, and hints of the most priceless sort for the recumbent strategist. But first let it be noted in passing that there were prehistoric Little Wars. This is no new thing, no crude novelty; but a thing tested by time, ancient and ripe in its essentials for all its perennial freshness—like spring. There was a Someone who fought Little Wars in the days of Queen Anne; a garden Napoleon. His game was inaccurately observed and insufficiently recorded by Laurence Sterne. It is clear that Uncle Toby and Corporal Trim were playing Little Wars on a scale and with an elaboration exceeding even the richness and beauty of the contemporary game. But the curtain is drawn back only to tantalise us. It is scarcely conceivable that anywhere now on earth the Shandean Rules remain on record. Perhaps they were never committed to paper.

Table of Contents
· I. OF THE LEGENDARY PAST · II. THE BEGINNINGS OF MODERN LITTLE WARFARE · III. THE RULES · IV. THE BATTLE OF HOOK'S FARM · V. EXTENSIONS AND AMPLIFICATIONS OF LITTLE WAR · VI. ENDING WITH A SORT OF CHALLENGE · APPENDIX. LITTLE WARS AND KRIEGSPIEL

 

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