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The material culture of the militia camp

McCormack, M. (2013) The material culture of the militia camp. Paper presented to: War, Culture and Society in Britain, c.1688-1830, University of Leeds, 04-05 July 2013. (Unpublished)

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Abstract: The study of material culture is a growth area within the wider discipline of history but, to date, it has had little impact upon military history or even the cultural history of war. Arguably, it presents an opportunity to reconcile military history’s foci on combat efficacy and technical detail with cultural history’s foci on representation and lived experience. This paper will attempt to make a case for this approach by focusing on the English militia from its formation during the Seven Years War to the ‘long embodiment’ of the French Wars. The militia is particularly interesting in this context, since it was a civilian force whose officers consisted of local gentlemen and whose ranks were dominated by the poor and semi-literate. These part-time soldiers were nevertheless expected to wear the elaborate uniform of the day, to master the latest techniques and technologies, and to encamp and go on exercises with the regulars. Using sources such as order books, official correspondence and private writings, this paper will seek to reconstruct the material experiences of militiamen in camp, and will explore how their unique positioning between the military and civilian worlds can offer an intriguing perspective upon the material nature of warfare.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA40 Political, military, naval, and Air Force history
U Military Science > U1 Military science (General) > U750 Military life, manners and customs, antiquities, etc.
Creators: McCormack, Matthew
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Social Sciences (to 2016)
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities > History
Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > History
Date: 5 July 2013
Date Type: Presentation
Event Title: War, Culture and Society in Britain, c.1688-1830
Event Dates: 04-05 July 2013
Event Location: University of Leeds
Event Type: Conference
Language: English
Status: Unpublished
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