Spiers, Edward M.


1st ed., 1980. Vi + 318 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Spine of d.j., faded o/w Nr.FINE. This remarkable book explores the relationship between the army and British society in the century between Waterloo and the First World War. It deals not only with the changing recruitment, social composition, life-style and living conditions of the army itself – both officers and rank and file – but also with the role of the army in society, and society's attitude to it. The author shows how popular attitudes changed for the better as the role of the army expanded during the latter half of the century. He illuminates the background to the demands for reform and shows how the Victorian army was transformed into the professional body which formed the British Expeditionary Force to France in 1914. This book is VERY SCARCE and in a nice condition dust-jacket.

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