The British Armed Nation, 1793-1815

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This book deals with the impact of war on the British Isles, examining the armed response to the French strategic encirclement of Britain and Ireland during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Dr Cookson provides the first comprehensive survey of the mobilization of armed force for the regular army, militia, and volunteers, in England, Scotland, and Ireland. He shows the effect on Scottish and Irish identities, and how in England mobilization often owed more toworking-class pragmatism and the `town-making' interests of urban rulers than to national defence patriotism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Addition of Mass
16
The French Encirclement
38
The Rise and Fall of the Volunteers
92
The Manpower Ceiling
105
Scotlands Fame
126
Irelands Fate
153
The Problem of Order
182
Armed Nationalism
209
The Legacy of the Armed Nation
246
Bibliography
264
Index
281
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About the author (1997)

J. E. Cookson is a Reader in History and Head of Department at University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

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