Marriage and the British Army in the Long Eighteenth Century

Marriage and the British Army in the Long Eighteenth Century

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This volume is the first to focus on the eighteenth-century army wives who stayed at home in Britain. Although the army tried to prohibit marriage of subalternate officers, NCOs, and privates for the entire period of the book (1685-1820), a significant minority persisted in marrying even though they were often separated by war. In contrast to histories that dismiss these couples as less loyal and loving than those who followed the drum together, it argues thatthese couples could forge just as strong a bond. In addition, wives qleft behindq still took pride in performing a national service, and married men believed themselves to be better soldiers than theirbachelor brethren. This is an important contribution to the study of regimental cultures in the British army and the complex role gender played within it.Infantry sergeant Anthony Hamilton lamented the privations to which army wives were exposed in the winter retreat to ... an unusually large proportion [of women] had been suffered to accompany the armya#39;.43 Many succumbed to the cold, ... The long eighteenth century was not the first time that a military administration had cast a condemnatory eye upon marriage. ... The policy probably emerged from a desire to make the army a#39;a more disciplined and efficient forcea#39;, keeping soldiersanbsp;...

Title:Marriage and the British Army in the Long Eighteenth Century
Author:Jennine Hurl-Eamon
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2014-02


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