within the theater of battle, how vital is dress? And in peacetime, what goal does army spectacle serve? This ebook takes us backstage of the British army on the top of its brilliance to teach us how gown and self-discipline helped to mildew the army guy and tried to seduce the hearts and minds of a kingdom whereas helping intimidate civil rioters in peacetime.
frequently ridiculed for his or her constrictive elegance, British military uniforms of the early 19th century still performed a robust position within the troops' functionality on crusade, in conflict, and as dramatic leisure in peacetime. Plumbing a wide selection of army assets, such a lot tellingly the memoirs and letters of squaddies and civilians, Scott Hughes Myerly finds how those ornate sartorial creations, combining symbols of unity and idea, brilliant colour, and actual restraint, improved the managerial results of inflexible self-discipline, drill, and torturous punishments, but in addition helped foster regimental esprit de corps.
Encouraging recruitment, implementing self-discipline in the army, and boosting morale have been crucial yet no longer the single capabilities of martial costume. Myerly additionally explores the position of the resplendent uniform and its linked gaudy trappings and customs in the course of civil peace and disorder--whether hired as public family members via amazing loose leisure, or imitated through rioters and rebels opposing the established order. gown, drills, parades, inspections, pomp, and order: as this richly illustrated e-book conducts us throughout the information of the production, layout, services, and that means of those features of the martial picture, it exposes the underpinnings of a mentality--and vision--that extends a ways past the army tradition into the civic and social order that we name modernity.
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