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Civilians and War in Europe, 1618–1815$
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Erica Charters, Eve Rosenhaft, and Hannah Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317118

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317699

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British Soldiers at Home: The Civilian Experience in Wartime, 1740–1783

British Soldiers at Home: The Civilian Experience in Wartime, 1740–1783

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(p.129) 9 British Soldiers at Home: The Civilian Experience in Wartime, 1740–1783
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Civilians and War in Europe, 1618–1815
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Stephen Conway

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317699.009

This chapter examines the nature of civilian–military relations in Britain, focusing on soldiers stationed on British soil during the mid- to late eighteenth century. Although some civilians welcomed the presence of home soldiers quartered nearby, others complained because of the soldiers' material demands as well as their disorderly and threatening conduct. The chapter focuses on the interactions between the British military and the British people during the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748), the Seven Years War (1756–1763), and the War of American Independence (1775–1783). Civilians viewed the army as outsiders that brought many different problems for communities and preferred that soldiers behaving badly be removed rather than improve their behaviour.

Keywords:   Britain, soldiers, civilians, Austrian Succession, Seven Years War, War of Independence, army, military

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