Our next talk is:
"The British Army of the Napoleonic Wars: Class, work & conflict "
Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 7.30pm
Between 1793 and 1815 Britain experienced a unique mass mobilisation, which in comparative terms, topped that of Napoleonic France and even Britain’s efforts in both the First and Second World Wars.
Nick Mansfield’s talk shies away from the Peninsula and Waterloo and examines the composition and functioning of the British army, in an unprecedented period of industrialisation and political turbulence. It sets the conflict in context and outlines the complex systems of recruiting; arguing that in effect a quasi-conscription was operated in the Napoleonic Wars. It examines how the class system dominated the structure and operations of the army and demonstrates that rank and file soldiers were not ‘the very scum of the earth’, in Wellington’s famous phrase.
Dr. Nick Mansfield is a Senior Research Fellow in History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire.
He has recently published "Soldiers as Workers – Class, employment, conflict and the nineteenth century British military" (Liverpool University Press, 2016) ISBN: 9781781382783.
All are welcome and a lively discussion is guaranteed!
Admission £4 per attendee including tea and coffee.
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