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Soldiers as Citizens – Popular Politics and the Nineteenth-Century British Military - Liverpool Scholarship Online
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Soldiers as Citizens: Popular Politics and the Nineteenth-Century British Military

Nick Mansfield


Rank and file soldiers were not ‘the scum of the earth’. They included a cross section of working-class men who retained their former civilian culture. While they often exhibited pride in regiment and nation, soldiers could also demonstrate a growing class consciousness and support for political radicalism. The book challenges assumptions that the British army was politically neutral, if privately conservative, by uncovering a rich vein of liberal and radical political thinking among some soldiers, officers and political commentators. This ranges from the Whig ‘militia’ tradition, through ra ... More

Keywords: Soldiers, Politics, Class, British army, Workers, Radicalism, Socialism, Loyalism, Nationalism, Imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620863
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Mansfield, author