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Soldiers as Workers

Nick Mansfield


The book outlines how class is the single most important factor in understanding the British army in the period of industrialisation. It challenges the ‘ruffians officered by gentlemen’ theory of military historians and demonstrates how service in the ranks was not confined to ‘the scum of the earth’ but included a cross section of ‘respectable’ working class men. Common soldiers represent a huge unstudied occupational group. They worked as artisans, servants and dealers, displaying pre-enlistment working class attitudes and evidencing low level class conflict. Soldiers continued as members of ... More

Keywords: Class, Work, British army, Soldiers, Conflict, Labour history, British Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781781382783
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Mansfield, author
University of Central Lancashire

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