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The British soldier in America : a social history of military life in the Revolutionary period

Author: Sylvia R Frey
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The British army in the late eighteenth century was a small organization of officers and men more or less isolated from the civilian society which gave it grudging support. Like most armies then and now it possessed institutional characteristics some of which contrasted sharply with those of the civilian life around it. It was an authoritarian organization which demanded exact obedience. It was a rigidly stratified  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Frey, Sylvia R., 1935-
British soldier in America.
Austin : University of Texas Press, ©1981
(OCoLC)557768130
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvia R Frey
ISBN: 0292780400 9780292780408
OCLC Number: 7176250
Notes: A Revision of the author's thesis, Tulane University, 1969.
Description: xii, 211 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Volunteers and conscripts --
Diseases and doctors --
Rewards and recreation --
Crimes and courts --
Training and campaigning --
Bonds and banners --
Conclusions --
Appendix. Parliamentary debate on responsibility for the British loss in America.
Responsibility: by Sylvia R. Frey.

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The British army in the late eighteenth century was a small organization of officers and men more or less isolated from the civilian society which gave it grudging support. Like most armies then and now it possessed institutional characteristics some of which contrasted sharply with those of the civilian life around it. It was an authoritarian organization which demanded exact obedience. It was a rigidly stratified social system with a hierarchy of command established and maintained by formal rules and regulations, infractions of which were subject to severe punishment. It was a self contained society, which provided for all the physical and most of the psychological needs of its members. It was a society with deeply rooted traditions or ways of doing things which prized conformity and discouraged initiative.

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