Redcoats to Tommies
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292 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

9 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Britain's Soldiers

Imprint: Boydell Press

Redcoats to Tommies

The Experience of the British Soldier from the Eighteenth Century

Edited by Kevin Linch and Matthew Lord

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An examination of the lifecycle of soldiers, including enlistment, experiences of military life, the soldier's place in society and in politics, and military identity, memory and representation.
This book surveys and examines the history of Britain's soldiers from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. It focuses on the lifecycle of a soldier, including enlistment and experience, and on identity, representations and place in society. It covers the diverse military forces of the British crown - the regular army, home defence forces, part-time soldiers, auxiliaries, officers, non-commissioned officers and rank and file - across times of conflictand peace and their wider relationship to families, communities, government and society. Additionally, it considers both British troops, and, recognising Britain's soldiers as a transnational phenomenon, forces raised outside ofBritain and Ireland. By assessing the evolution of Britain's soldiers across three centuries, the book highlights continuity and change and gauges how far the basic fundamentals, principles and priorities of army life have endured or been transformed during the existence of a continual standing army. The book includes up-to-date research from a new generation of early-career researchers and reflections from established scholars.

CONTRIBUTORS: Ian Beckett, Timothy Bowman, Gavin Daly, Peter Doyle, Edward Gosling, George Hay, Kevin Linch, Matthew Lord, Eleanor O'Keeffe, Adam Prime, Michael Reeve, Jacqueline Reiter, Robert Tildesley, and Christina Welsch.
Introduction
Citizen Soldiers: 'Military Spirit' and Recruitment in Britain during the Wars against France, 1793-1815
From Party of Order to Gentlemen's Plaything - Rural Identity and the British Yeomanry Cavalry
'Kitchener's Mob': Myth and Reality in Raising the New Army, 1914-15
Sun, Sea and Starvation: The Logistics of the British Garrison on Minorca, 1746-56
British Soldiers, Sieges, and the Laws of War: The 1807 Siege of Montevideo
'Something-to-smoke, at the right time, is a godsend': Voluntary Action and the Provision of Cigarettes to Soldiers during the First World War
'Our Brother Officers in India': The Military Lobby in Imperial Politics of the 1780s
'A Soldier's Life is a Merry One', or, 'A Certain Cure for Gout and Rheumatism': The Shift in Popular Perceptions of the Common Soldier in Late-Victorian Britain, 1870-c.1910
Irish Military Cultures in the British Army, c. 1775-1992
'Fond of Shooting?': The Social Bonds of the Indian Army Officer Corps, 1858-1901
The Social Reality of the British Army in Interwar Britain
The Military Culture and Traditions of an Unmilitary People

KEVIN LINCH is Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds. He specialises in the history of Britain in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, focusing on the interaction between Britain's armed forces and wider social and cultural trends.

MATTHEW LORD specialises in British military culture and counterinsurgency after 1945, particularly focusing on the interaction between politics and the honours system. He has worked as Lecturer in Military History at Aberystwyth University.

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Title Details

292 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

9 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Britain's Soldiers

Imprint: Boydell Press