British Military Spectacle: From the Napoleonic Wars through by Scott Myerly

By Scott Myerly

within the theater of struggle, how very important is dress? And in peacetime, what goal does army spectacle serve? This publication takes us behind the curtain of the British army on the peak of its brilliance to teach us how costume and self-discipline helped to mould the army guy and tried to seduce the hearts and minds of a country whereas helping intimidate civil rioters in peacetime.

usually ridiculed for his or her constrictive beauty, British military uniforms of the early 19th century still performed a strong 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 infantrymen and civilians, Scott Hughes Myerly unearths how those ornate sartorial creations, combining symbols of harmony and suggestion, bright colour, and actual restraint, superior the managerial results of inflexible self-discipline, drill, and torturous punishments, but in addition helped foster regimental esprit de corps.

Encouraging recruitment, imposing self-discipline in the army, and boosting morale have been crucial yet now not the single services 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 striking unfastened leisure, or imitated by way of rioters and rebels opposing the established order. costume, drills, parades, inspections, pomp, and order: as this richly illustrated booklet conducts us during the info of the production, layout, features, and which means of those elements of the martial snapshot, it exposes the underpinnings of a mentality--and vision--that extends some distance past the army tradition into the civic and social order that we name modernity.

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Even the duke of Wellington suffered from indignity and potentially serious injury as a result of George I V s and Victoria's passion for the martial image. As the realm's first soldier, the duke often had to wear the imiform of the units he was connected with and the mihtary offices he held. When wearing the nearly two-foot-high regulation First Life Guards' bearskin cap with its enormous swan feather while attending a review in 1829, he was literally blown off his horse by a gust of wind in front of tens of thousands of spectators and soldiers.

If the cost of continually replacing the kit was not enough to drive these poorer men out, those in command had only to alter the styles and thus increase expenses. In the years after Waterloo, the prince regent altered the dress of many corps, and in 1816 a member of the Commons complained that "the officers of some [cavalry] regiments . . had not been yearly, but quarterly obligated to equip themselves anew. The elaborate and costly dress of elite units not only indicated a high status, but also symbolized their loyalty to the state.

If the cost of continually replacing the kit was not enough to drive these poorer men out, those in command had only to alter the styles and thus increase expenses. In the years after Waterloo, the prince regent altered the dress of many corps, and in 1816 a member of the Commons complained that "the officers of some [cavalry] regiments . . had not been yearly, but quarterly obligated to equip themselves anew. The elaborate and costly dress of elite units not only indicated a high status, but also symbolized their loyalty to the state.

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