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Cost of a Moral Army Masculinity and the Construction of a Respectable British Army 1850-1885

Title: The Cost of a Moral Army Masculinity and the Construction of a Respectable British Army 1850-1885.

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Name(s): Shipe, Jonathan Lee, author
Upchurch, Charles, professor directing dissertation
Faulk, Barry J., university representative
Sinke, Suzanne M., committee member
Herrera, Robinson A., committee member
Grant, Jonathan A., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of History, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (240 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The Crimean War (1854-1856) followed quickly by the Indian Revolt (1857-1858) caused many civilians to become interested in the affairs of the army and the lives of soldiers. The increased visibility of the army created numerous calls for reform. Civilian moral reformers and government officials embarked on a project to create a more ‘respectable' army. This project was not teleological, nor was it voiced in a unified or always consistent manner. Furthermore, movements for moral reform consistently faced the realities of the financial constraints of the mid-Victorian Liberal State. The project was gendered, and it involved competing discourses of masculinity. This dissertation offers a thick description of key debates involving corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, the desirability/inability of soldiers to marry, and programs to assist their wives and children. It argues that one cannot understand the Victorian Army without considering what occurred in civilian society. These two worlds intersected and intertwined in numerous ways throughout the mid-nineteenth century.
Identifier: FSU_2016SP_Shipe_fsu_0071E_13089 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: April 8, 2016.
Keywords: British Army, Crimean War, Masculinity, Sexuality, Soldiers' Families
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Charles Upchurch, Professor Directing Dissertation; Barry Faulk, University Representative; Suzanne Sinke, Committee Member; Robinson Herrera, Committee Member; Jonathan Grant, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Europe -- History
Gender expression
Study and teaching
Gender identity
Study and teaching
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Owner Institution: FSU

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