Women and the British Army, 1815-1880
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314 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Britain's Soldiers

Imprint: Boydell Press

Women and the British Army, 1815-1880

by Lynn MacKay

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This book explores the world of women who married, or dealt with British soldiers below the rank of officer during the nineteenth century, including fiancées, wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters, as well as the prostitutes they consorted with. It examines women's experiences over the time cycle of a soldier's service. It considers women's finances, how they struggled to make ends meet and how they appealed to the government for support, including in widowhood and after a soldier's service had been completed. It discusses how soldiers' women were viewed in the press, in literature and in society more widely, highlighting in particular issues concerning morality and independence, and outlines how the Crimean War and its aftermath brought about extensive army reforms and also a sharp revision of the reputation of soldiers' wives. The book includes an exploration of soldiers' relations with prostitutes and how prostitutes were regulated, and a consideration of the impact on soldiers' wives of physical arrangements such as barracks, and overall provides much insight into the nature of plebeian life in the nineteenth century. The women portrayed often emerge as exceptionally resolute, independent and canny.
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Courtship, Marriage, and Affection
2. The Culture of the Wives: Life in the British Isles
3. Life Abroad
4. The Crimean War: Helping the Women Left Behind
5. Living through Crisis
6. Prostitution
Appendix: Ellen of Ayr
Bibliography
Index
Lynn MacKay is a Professor of History at Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada

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Title Details

314 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Britain's Soldiers

Imprint: Boydell Press