Rethinking War and Society, 1715–1815
Edited by Kevin Linch and Matthew McCormack
Dr Kevin Linch is Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds.
Dr Matthew McCormack is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Northampton.
List of tables and figures Acknowledgements Notes on the contributors Introduction: Kevin Linch and Matthew McCormack PART 1: Nationhood 1 ‘The eighteenth-century British army as a European institution’, Stephen Conway 2 ‘Soldiering abroad: the experience of living and fighting among aliens’, Graciela Iglesias Rogers PART 2: Hierarchy 3 ‘Effectiveness and the British Officer Corps, 1793-1815’, Bruce Collins 4 ‘Stamford standoff: honour, status and rivalry in the Georgian military’, Matthew McCormack PART 3: Discipline 5 ‘“The soldiers murmered much on Account of their usage”: military justice and negotiated authority in the eighteenth-century British army’, William P. Tatum III 6 ‘Discipline and control in eighteenth-century Gibraltar’, Ilya Berkovich PART 4: Gender 7 ‘Conflicts of conduct: British masculinity and military painting in the wake of the Siege of Gibraltar’, Cicely Robinson 8 ‘Scarlet fever: female enthusiasm for men in uniform, 1780-1815’, Louise Carter PART 5: Soldiers in Society 9 ‘Disability, fraud and medical experience at the Royal Hospital of Chelsea in the long eighteenth century’, Caroline Louise Nielsen 10 ‘Making new soldiers: legitimacy, identity and attitudes, c. 1740-1815’, Kevin Linch
In all, the volume contains some superb chapters that showcase exciting new avenues of research; and it makes a valuable contribution to presenting a much fuller picture and understanding of the soldier and his complex and important place in eighteenth-century British society and culture.
Gavin Daly English Historical Review
The volume contains some superb chapters that showcase exciting new avenues of research; and it makes a valuable contribution to presenting a much fuller picture and understanding of the soldier and his complex and important place in eighteenth-century British society and culture.
The English Historical Review
An interesting and well-balanced collection of essays on the experience of the combatant, where each chapter makes a distinctive contribution to the overall argument.
University of York
Does the book achieve its stated aim and refocus the war and society approach? In many ways, it does. But it does so without losing sight of some now well-established lines of historical inquiry—particularly in the field of cultural history and gender studies—and this is perhaps its greatest strength. Each chapter has its own focus, but collectively the essays also challenge the view that war and soldiering was in any way remote from British society during the eighteenth century.
Gerard Oram Journal of British Studies, 54:1
Britain’s Soldiers succeeds in provoking thought on the British army as a product of a society and not an entity separate from it. Any analysis of the army from 1715-1815 must take into account this work and its central message.
Journal of Military History, 78:4
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: March 7, 2014
Series: Eighteenth-Century Worlds 5