Victorians at War

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A&C Black, Jun 22, 2006 - History - 272 pages
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The men of the Victorian army ruled a large part of the world. As the visible power behind the greatest empire there had ever been, they were involved in wars and policing wherever British interests demanded it, whether in Canada, the Crimea, Afghanistan or the Sudan. Very small by continental standards, the Victorian army combined a strong sense of tradition with growing professionalism. The variety of tasks it had to undertake gave its officers and men an extraordinary range of challenges and experiences: putting down the Indian Mutiny, fighting in the jungles of West Africa, facing a Zulu impi and Boer sharpshooters, or garrisoning the many outposts of the empire. In The Victorians at War Ian Beckett looks at the men and their leaders from a variety of angles, using particular incidents and battles to show how the army lived and fought. >
  

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Contents

An English Confederacy
3
Cleansing the East with Steel
13
The Hand on the Throttle
25
The Devils Pass
33
The Race for the Peerage
45
Paths of Duty
53
Doing a Billy Hicks
65
The Excitement of Railway Carriages
75
Command in South Africa
95
Islands in the Sun
105
Cavagnaris Coup de Main
113
Chelmsfords MajorGenerals
121
Stanhopes Storehouses
129
One and a Half Battalions
141
The Improbable Probability
151
Notes
243

War Truth and History
83
Generals and Politicians
93
Bibliographical Note
257
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Ian Beckett is Professor of History at the University of Northampton and Chairman of the Army Records Society. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has taught in both in Britain and the United States. His publications include Ypres: The First Battle, 1914 (2004) and The Great War, 1914-1918 (2001).

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