Embodying the Militia in Georgian England by Matthew McCormackEmbodying the Militia in Georgian England by Matthew McCormack

Embodying the Militia in Georgian England

byMatthew McCormack

Hardcover | October 3, 2015

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The militia was a key institution in Georgian England, and arguably one that was very characteristic of its age. A "militia" is an informal military organisation made up of part-time civilians rather than professionals. As an island, Britain had historically relied on forces of this type forhome defence, but threats of a French invasion during the Seven Years War (1756-63) highlighted that the militia had fallen into disrepair and prompted calls for its revival.In this important new study, Matthew McCormack re-examines the debates on the militia, and argues that this military reform was informed and driven by concerns about politics, nationalism, and gender. The militia tells us a great deal about the political culture of the eighteenth century, which wassuspicious of professional armies and executive power, and which placed great emphasis on the liberties and masculine attributes of the ordinary citizen. Its advocates even suggested that mass military service would prompt a reinvigoration of English masculinity.The Militia Act passed into law in 1757. From this date until the New Militia's slow demise after the Napoleonic Wars, Embodying the Militia in Georgian England considers civilian men's experience of military service. How was the militia "embodied" - both in the contemporary sense of assembling forservice, and also as a gendered bodily experience? Chapters explore questions such as physical training, masculine honour, material culture, self-identity, and citizenship. As such, the volume's interdisciplinary approaches offer new perspectives on the history of war.
Matthew McCormack is Associate Professor of History at the University of Northampton. His research focuses on eighteenth-century Britain and he has published widely on masculinity, politics and war. His books include The Independent Man: Citizenship and Gender Politics in Georgian England (2005) and several edited collections. He curre...
Title:Embodying the Militia in Georgian EnglandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.82 inPublished:October 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198703643

ISBN - 13:9780198703648

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART I: REPRESENTATION1. Gender and the New Militia2. The Affair of the Hanoverian Soldier3. The Militia in Satirical PrintsPART II: PRACTICE4. Numbering the Fighting Men5. Training the Militia6. Army Versus Militia7. The Material Culture of the Militiaman8. Supporting the Civil Power9. Citizen Soldiers?ConclusionBibliography