By Sharon Murphy
The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901 considers the heritage of the libraries that the East India corporation and ordinary military respectively validated for squaddies in the course of the 19th century. Drawing upon a variety of fabric, together with archival resources, professional experiences, and squaddies’ memoirs and letters, this ebook explores the motivations of these who have been chargeable for the establishing and/or operation of the libraries, and examines what they demonstrate approximately attitudes to army readers particularly and, extra extensively, to working-class readers – and relaxation – at this era. Murphy’s learn additionally considers the contents of the libraries, selecting what varieties of works have been supplied for squaddies and the place and the way they learn them. In so doing, The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901 affords in a different way of wondering many of the key debates that mark booklet heritage at the present time, and illuminates parts of curiosity to the overall reader in addition to to literary critics and army and cultural historians.
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